Date of Award
Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering - (M.S.)
Biomedical Engineering Committee
Arthur B. Ritter
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.
Chen, Shang-Yuan, "Burn wound healing evaluation by infrared imaging" (1991). Theses. 1315.