Spectroscopy of Burn Wounds
Annual rept. 15 Jul 1988-14 Jul 1989
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
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This research seeks to develop non-invasive techniques for evaluating burn depth based upon non-contacting visible and near-infrared spectroscopic measurement of the wounds. In previous years, we demonstrated that features of the optical reflection spectra of burn wounds can be correlated with the depth of burn. An imaging system was built which determined, with accuracy equal to or better than that of a skilled burn surgeon, the probability that burn sites would heal within three weeks from data of injury. Our goal for the current project is to investigate the optical reflectance properties of burns, utilizing the techniques of multivariate analysis, in order to improve the reliability of this instrument and to develop methods which will permit detailed monitoring of the healing process. Keywords Volunteers Burn wounds Burn depths DiagnosisMedicine Spectroscopy BurnsInjuries.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy