Imagine snapping a picture of your wound and sending it to your doctors to track and measure your healing progress. They can record the image and measurements, add them to your digital health record and reference them at a later date. It’s wound care documentation that feels futuristic but is becoming a standard reality in health care.
Using electronic devices and images can save physicians about five to 10 minutes during the documentation process for each wound, according to Global BioTech Insights. Advancements in 3-D imaging add supplemental features to wound assessment and documentation that turn traditionally static images into three-dimensional models that make it easier for doctors to measure wound depth and volume, which are both important metrics in wound healing.
Recent research and developments make these modern wound images possible.
“Advancements in 3-D imaging can significantly accelerate the wound assessment and documentation processes.”
Adding 3-D imaging to wound-tracking technology
Baltimore startup Tissue Analytics develops mobile tools to help health care professionals track and measure wounds. The company recently added 3-D imaging to its repertoire, creating a technology that automatically creates 3-D models of wounds on smartphones. After generating the image from a five-second video, the technology can actually measure wound depth and volume – all with just a smartphone camera and Tissue Analytics’ web application.
Proud to introduce 3-D visualization software to the company’s offerings, CEO Kevin Keenahan told Technically Baltimore that the new feature adds to the overarching goal to “standardize all aspects of wound documentation.”
Monitoring bacteria with 3-D wound images
Along with measuring wound depth and volume, monitoring for bacteria is an important aspect of assessing the wound healing progress. Among IDTechEx’s advanced wound care technologies is the MolecuLight i:X, which is a device designed to help physicians quickly, easily and safely detect the amount of bacteria present in a patient’s wound. Such information allows them to determine if interventions to remove the bacteria are necessary – ideally before an infection develops.
Rather than swabbing a wound and sending to the lab for testing, the MolecuLight i:X is a handheld 3-D imaging device that measures and collects the information physicians need, to determine the right course of action. Much like the Tissue Analytics imaging feature, this device also aids physicians in measuring the depth of wounds to further monitor the healing progress.
These advancements in 3-D imaging can significantly accelerate the wound assessment and documentation processes, increasing the chances that doctors can prevent infections and other complications before they become too severe. Check out our educational resources to keep up with more advancements in wound care.