Assessing wound severity with color and infrared imaging of reactive hyperemia

Gary L. Hansen, Ephraim M. Sparrow, Narasimharao Kommamuri, Paul A. Iaizzo

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This study examined the use of cutaneous reactive hyperemia as a means for noninvasive assessment of wound severity of newly formed temperature-modulated pressure injuries in a porcine model. Two methods to quantify the extent of the reactive hyperemic reflex were developed. First color image analysis was used to measure the hue of injured tissue. The specific hue of the skin surface of the wounded site was found to provide an indication of the severity of the wounds. Second, infrared imaging, coupled with computer image processing, was used to detect differences in skin temperature. The relative surface temperature of the wounds showed a strong correlation with the presence or absence of deep tissue injury. Both techniques correlated with the severity of the injuries as determined by a histologic assessment of biopsied tissue, but infrared imaging provided the better means to assess wound depth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)386-392
Number of pages7
JournalWound Repair and Regeneration
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996


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