Spectroscopy of Burn Wounds
Annual rept. 15 Jul 89-14 Jul 90,
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
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This research seeks to develop non-invasive burn depth evaluation from non-contacting visible and near-infrared spectroscopic measurements. 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 date 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.
- Medicine and Medical Research