A Thermographical Method and Approach to Preventative Wound Degradation and Subdermal Ulcer Intervention

Technology #ua11-037

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Daniel Farrow
Legal Division
Manish Bharara
Research Assistant Professor, Surgery
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Rakhi Gibbons
Asst. Director, Life Sciences (520) 626-6695

Invention

This technology is a medical device to assist in the analysis and diagnosis of foot deformities and ulcerations. It allows for in home or physician office analysis to help with diabetic foot care with a user friendly interface. The invention will detect and can monitor inflammation and premature subdermal ulcerations in human skin. A thermal camera and imaging system and microcomputer generates a thermographical analysis and visual representation in the form of color coded images. This representation can be used for scoring and assessment of wounds based on physiological as well as morphological changes on the skin surface.

Background

Diabetes is responsible for a number of secondary ailments, including Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, in which the afflicted cannot feel their extremities as they lose the ‘gift of pain’, especially in their legs and feet. This can lead to neuropathic ulcers (or skin breakdown) and a resulting need for traumatic amputations. Many of these could be prevented with early detection and diagnosis, improving quality of life for the patient while simultaneously decreasing costs. However, there is a significant lack of objective modalities and methods facilitating early detection of neuropathic ulcers, thereby decreasing the likelihood of early detection, and increasing the number of amputations. Prevention by identifying the high-risk patients is ideally the best way to ensure better quality of life for those affected, reduce their medical costs, and reduce the overall cost to healthcare companies as well.

Advantages

  • Facilitates the assessment of wound and wound healing
  • Objective assessment capable of realizing “wound inflammatory index”
  • Addresses the problem of need for a clear strategy for assessing and classifying wounds.

Applications

  • For in home or physician office analysis to help with diabetic foot care with a user friendly interface.
  • A diagnostic medical device to assist in the analysis and diagnosis of foot deformities and ulcerations.

Inventors

Manish Bharara

Daniel Farrow

Contact

Rakhi Gibbons

Licensing Manager, Tech Launch Arizona

RakhiG@tla.arizona.edu

Refer to technology UA-ID: UA11-037