Techniques for Early Characterization of Burn Injuries.
Annual progress rept. no. 2, 16 May 81-31 Aug 82,
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
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There are at present no objective methods available to medical personnel to quantitatively characterize the depth of burns or to accurately estimate the time required for healing. This information is crucial in the early stages of burn care since it determines whether or not surgical procedures are required. Our research is directed at the development of two non-invasive tools for characterizing burns during the first hours or days following injury. The first device measures the optical reflection properties of the burn and correlates this measure with healing time. The second instrument measures skin blood blow patterns as a function of depth below the surface of the burn using Doppler ultrasound techniques.
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