Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-1991

Degree Name

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering - (M.S.)


Biomedical Engineering Committee

First Advisor

Peter Engler

Second Advisor

Arthur B. Ritter

Third Advisor

David S. Kristol


Infrared imaging is a pictorial method of temperature representation. Its advantage in the treatment of burns is that it is a non-invasive, safe and reliable method for estimating the area, temperature and depth of burns. An Imaging Burn program was developed for comparing changes in burn area in response to treatment with time. The program proved itself capable of determining the surface area of simulated lesions on the skin of human volunteers to within an error of 1.6 percent. The size and temperature of burn lesions in patients was recorded. First degree burns were warmer than surrounding areas of normal skin, whereas second degree burns were colder, and third degree burns colder still. The technique and program as presented may prove a valuable supplement to clinical examination for burn diagnosis and monitoring.