Advanced wound imaging - going beyond 2D photographs

Advanced wound imaging - going beyond 2D photographs

An emerging trend in wound care management is the use of connected devices such as smartphones and tablets to simplify and streamline the documentation process. Photographs of wounds taken on these devices, complete with calculated wound dimensions, can be directly added to a patient's electronic health record via specialized software and apps.

Dr Nadia Tsao
Advanced wound imaging - going beyond 2D photographs
An emerging trend in wound care management is the use of connected devices such as smartphones and tablets to simplify and streamline the documentation process. Photographs of wounds taken on these devices, complete with calculated wound dimensions, can be directly added to a patient's electronic health record via specialized software and apps. Use of such systems can save physicians 5 - 10 minutes of documentation time per wound. In this article, IDTechEx highlight 2 products launched within the past year which take this idea even further.
 
Previously, IDTechEx have reported on the use of connected sensors to prevent the formation of chronic wounds. For those interested in learning more about the key trends in advanced wound care technologies, please tune in to IDTechEx's free webinar Advanced Wound Care Technology Insights to be presented on August 16th, 2018.
 
This device is groundbreaking in the treatment of advanced wound as it allows physicians to quickly, easily, and safety detect whether high concentrations of bacteria are present in the wound, and to quickly determine if interventions such as debridement are successful in removing the bacteria. The MolecuLight i:X device not only decreases detection time from days to seconds but also provides a visual result.
Imaging Wound Bacteria
In clinics and hospitals around the world, a physician typically swabs a wound that he suspects is infected and sends the swab to the laboratory for testing, a process which takes up to a few days. However, the MolecuLight i:X device, launched in Europe in December 2017, will revolutionize this process.
 
The MolecuLight i:X from MolecuLight is a handheld wound imaging device that can document, monitor, and measure wounds. More importantly, the device is able to detect the presence of high concentrations of bacteria within the wound without the use of contrast agents and without touching the wound.
 
 
The MolecuLight i:X works by shining a violet light on to the wound. High concentration of bacteria appears red under this device.
 
This device is groundbreaking in the treatment of advanced wound as it allows physicians to quickly, easily, and safety detect whether high concentrations of bacteria are present in the wound, and to quickly determine if interventions such as debridement are successful in removing the bacteria. The MolecuLight i:X device not only decreases detection time from days to seconds but also provides a visual result.
Imaging Wounds in 3D
Typically, physicians utilize rulers and calipers and swabs to measure the dimensions of a wound. For depth measurements, a swab can be used to probe wounds for their depth. This is invasive and painful to the patient and increases the risk of contamination and spread of infection. With advancements in 3D imaging using consumer electronics, this can become a non-contact process.
 
In February 2018, GPC launched their 3D WoundCare software, which is run on Panasonic rugged Toughpad tablets. The devices utilize built-in Intel RealSense cameras to measure the wound in 3D.
 
Dual infrared imagers calculate the wound using a stereoscopic technique. The GPC software ensures that the image is in focus and taken at the right distance away for accurate measurement.
 
The use of this device can help physicians in assessing the depth of wounds, an important factor in wound healing that is often missed. Keeping a close track of wound depth in the healing process is particularly important for wounds such as PUs. As Ian Wiles, Medical Director at GPC states, "(t)his solution is faster, more accurate, mobile and can be used by anyone - not just trained medical staff".
Market Research from IDTechEx
For additional information on advanced wound care technologies, please refer to IDTechEx's research report, Advanced Wound Care Technologies 2018 - 2028, which covers the opportunities in the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of chronic wounds. IDTechEx have also published a report titled Digital Health 2018: Trends, Opportunities and Outlook. This report is of relevance to advanced wound care as it features an in-depth look at the use of digital health in managing chronic conditions, and includes a chapter dedicated to diabetes management.
 
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