Will 3D cameras help treat diabetic ulcers?

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Every year, around 3000 Danes get ulcers related to diabetes. The ulcers are very hard to treat and they will in some cases lead to amputation – costly procedures both emotionally for the patient and economically for society. Because ulcers are often deep and complex, the adjoining nerves and vessels are at a higher risk of infection, which can lead to secondary complications and in extreme cases, death. Technologies that can better describe diabetic ulcers is therefore much needed.

Patient@Home has been working together with OUH and an engineering company from Kolding to create, among other things, a camera that is able to take 3D pictures of patients’ feet and directly scan them into a computer. This makes it possible to calculate the volume of the ulcer, not just the width and length as the practice has been before.

See how the camera works here (English subtitles)

The project is also developing sensors for the purpose of measuring temperature, pH value, oxygen tension, the amount of secretion, oedema and markers for generation of biofilm in the ulcers. The results will be wirelessly transferred to a monitor, which will enable the doctors to gather all the relevant information they need to better treat the ulcers.

The results from the project are expected to lead to a better understanding of the factors involved in the healing process in diabetic ulcers and other complex wounds, which will hopefully lead to better and more effective treatment of the ulcers. Additionally, the use of wound scanners and wound databases based on telemedicine, makes is possible for the patients to take digital photos themselves and send them to their doctor.

Read more about the project here (In Danish).

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