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Burns. 2013 Jun;39(4):662-6. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2012.09.018. Epub 2012 Oct 23.

Assessing paediatric scald injuries using Laser Speckle Contrast Imaging.

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Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, SE-58185 Linköping, Sweden.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The use of objective methods for assessment of burns is limited. Laser Speckle Contrast Imaging (LSCI) is a non-invasive technique for instant measurement of tissue perfusion, making it potentially valuable for early prediction of burn wound outcome.

AIM:

To evaluate the influence of technical factors on perfusion and to measure perfusion in burns 0-14 days post-burn and compare this with the outcome of the burn wound at 14 days after burn.

METHOD:

The effect of room light, camera distance and camera angle was studied using a suspension of polystyrene particles. LSCI measurements were performed on 45 scald burns and 32 uninjured areas 0-14 days after burn.

RESULT:

Technical factors had no clinically relevant effect on measured perfusion. Burns that healed within 14 days had a higher perfusion during the first week post-burn than burns that healed after 14 days or underwent surgery. The difference in perfusion was largest 4-7 days after burn.

CONCLUSION:

LSCI allows for robust, instant measurement of burns and can easily be applied in a clinical setting. Differences in perfusion during the first week post-burn are related to the outcome after 14 days.

PMID:
23092702
DOI:
10.1016/j.burns.2012.09.018
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