Enhance wound healing monitoring through a thermal imaging based smartphone app

Steven Yi, Minta Lu, Adam Yee, John Harmon, Frank Meng, Saurabh Hinduja

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Abstract

In this paper, we present a thermal imaging based app to augment traditional appearance based wound growth monitoring. Accurate diagnose and track of wound healing enables physicians to effectively assess, document, and individualize the treatment plan given to each wound patient. Currently, wounds are primarily examined by physicians through visual appearance and wound area. However, visual information alone cannot present a complete picture on a wound's condition. In this paper, we use a smartphone attached thermal imager and evaluate its effectiveness on augmenting visual appearance based wound diagnosis. Instead of only monitoring wound temperature changes on a wound, our app presents physicians a comprehensive measurements including relative temperature, wound healing thermal index, and wound blood flow. Through the rat wound experiments and by monitoring the integrated thermal measurements over 3 weeks of time frame, our app is able to show the underlying healing process through the blood flow. The implied significance of our app design and experiment includes: (a) It is possible to use a low cost smartphone attached thermal imager for added value on wound assessment, tracking, and treatment; and (b) Thermal mobile app can be used for remote wound healing assessment for mobile health based solution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2018
Subtitle of host publicationImaging Informatics for Healthcare, Research, and Applications
PublisherSPIE
Volume10579
ISBN (Electronic)9781510616479
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
EventMedical Imaging 2018: Imaging Informatics for Healthcare, Research, and Applications - Houston, United States
Duration: Feb 13 2018Feb 15 2018

Other

OtherMedical Imaging 2018: Imaging Informatics for Healthcare, Research, and Applications
CountryUnited States
CityHouston
Period2/13/182/15/18

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Keywords

  • blood flow.
  • smartphone app
  • thermal imaging
  • wound healing monitoring
  • wound index

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Yi, S., Lu, M., Yee, A., Harmon, J., Meng, F., & Hinduja, S. (2018). Enhance wound healing monitoring through a thermal imaging based smartphone app. In Medical Imaging 2018: Imaging Informatics for Healthcare, Research, and Applications (Vol. 10579). [105791P] SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2293674