Microcomputer image processing for burn patients

Dido Franceschi, Robert L. Gerding, Richard B. Fratianne

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Abstract

A computer-based system was developed to handle information and images in a clinical setting. The system is based on an 80286 AT computer, the topology of which includes a 16-bit color image capture/display graphics adapter and a 256 gray scale 8-bit digital image analysis processor. Using its color capabilities, we have created a picture database of patients' injuries, radiographs, and other relevant clinical data. The computer-based imaging system allows instant access to this information and minimizes subjective evaluation, making comparison of and follow-up of treatments more objective. The image analysis components permit digital characterization of the burn wound, enhancing our ability to quantitatively evaluate wound size, contracture, graft take, and re-epithelialization. This is a cost-effective method of handling information and images in the clinical setting as well as an effective research and teaching tool that facilitates management and follow-up care of the patient with burns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)546-549
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Nursing(all)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)

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