Sensors and imaging for wound healing : a review

Dargaville, Tim R., Farrugia, Brooke, Broadbent, James A., Pace, Stephanie, Upton, Zee, & Voelcker, Nico (2013) Sensors and imaging for wound healing : a review. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 41, pp. 30-42.

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Wound healing involves a complex series of biochemical events and has traditionally been managed with 'low tech' dressings and bandages. The concept that diagnostic and theranostic sensors can complement wound management is rapidly growing in popularity as there is tremendous potential to apply this technology to both acute and chronic wounds. Benefits in sensing the wound environment include reduction of hospitalization time, prevention of amputations and better understanding of the processes which impair healing. This review discusses the state-of-the-art in detection of markers associated with wound healing and infection, utilizing devices imbedded within dressings or as point-of-care techniques to allow for continual or rapid wound assessment and monitoring. Approaches include using biological or chemical sensors of wound exudates and volatiles to directly or indirectly detect bacteria, monitor pH, temperature, oxygen and enzymes. Spectroscopic and imaging techniques are also reviewed as advanced wound monitoring techniques. The review concludes with a discussion of the limitations of and future directions for this field.

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ID Code: 54360
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: wound healing, sensors, diagnostic, theranostic, chronic wound, infection, imaging, point-of-care, dressing, smart bandage
DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2012.09.029
ISSN: 0956-5663
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY (030100) > Sensor Technology (Chemical aspects) (030107)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > MEDICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY (100400) > Regenerative Medicine (incl. Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering) (100404)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Clinical Chemistry (diagnostics) (110302)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier B.V.
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Biosensors and Bioelectronics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Biosensors and Bioelectronics, [Volume 41, (15 March 2013)] DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2012.09.029
Deposited On: 28 Oct 2012 22:14
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 18:21

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