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Laser doppler imaging in a paediatric burns population

Mill, Julie , Cuttle, Leila, Harkin, Damien, Kravchuk, Olena , & Kimble, Roy (2009) Laser doppler imaging in a paediatric burns population. Burns, 35(6), pp. 824-831.

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Abstract

Objective Laser Doppler imaging (LDI) was compared to wound outcomes in children's burns, to determine if the technology could be used to predict these outcomes.

Methods Forty-eight patients with a total of 85 burns were included in the study. Patient median age was 4 years 10 months and scans were taken 0–186 h post-burn using the fast, low-resolution setting on the Moor LDI2 laser Doppler imager. Wounds were managed by standard practice, without taking into account the scan results. Time until complete re-epithelialisation and whether or not grafting and scar management were required were recorded for each wound. If wounds were treated with Silvazine™ or Acticoat™ prior to the scan, this was also recorded.

Results The predominant colour of the scan was found to be significantly related to the re-epithelialisation, grafting and scar management outcomes and could be used to predict those outcomes. The prior use of Acticoat™ did not affect the scan relationship to outcomes, however, the use of Silvazine™ did complicate the relationship for light blue and green scanned partial thickness wounds. Scans taken within the 24-h window after-burn also appeared to be accurate predictors of wound outcome.

Conclusion Laser Doppler imaging is accurate and effective in a paediatric population with a low-resolution fast-scan.

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ID Code: 43281
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Burns, Biomedical Imaging, Wound Assessment, Skin, Paediatric Medicine
DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2008.11.016
ISSN: 0305-4179
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > MEDICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY (100400) > Medical Biotechnology Diagnostics (incl. Biosensors) (100402)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Dermatology (110304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PAEDIATRICS AND REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE (111400) > Paediatrics (111403)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Biomedical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 13 Jul 2011 23:11
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2014 08:43

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