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Burns. 2011 May;37(3):377-86. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2010.11.012. Epub 2010 Dec 23.

Noninvasive assessment of burn wound severity using optical technology: a review of current and future modalities.

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Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma, Burns, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery, University of California, Irvine, Orange, CA 92806, USA. mkaiser@uci.edu

Abstract

Clinical examination alone is not always sufficient to determine which burn wounds will heal spontaneously and which will require surgical intervention for optimal outcome. We present a review of optical modalities currently in clinical use and under development to assist burn surgeons in assessing burn wound severity, including conventional histology/light microscopy, laser Doppler imaging, indocyanine green videoangiography, near-infrared spectroscopy and spectral imaging, in vivo capillary microscopy, orthogonal polarization spectral imaging, reflectance-mode confocal microscopy, laser speckle imaging, spatial frequency domain imaging, photoacoustic microscopy, and polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography.

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21185123
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PMC3131405
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10.1016/j.burns.2010.11.012
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