1. Measuring collagen injury depth for burn severity determination using polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography

    Measuring collagen injury depth for burn severity determination using polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography

    Determining the optimal treatment course for a dermatologic burn wound requires knowledge of the wound's severity, as quantified by the depth of thermal damage. In current clinical practice, burn depth is inferred based exclusively on superficial visual assessment, a method which is subject to substantial error rates in the classification of partial thickness (second degree) burns. Here, we present methods for direct, quantitative determination of the depth extent of injury to the dermal collagen matrix using polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT). By visualizing the depth-dependence of the degree of polarization of light in the tissue, rather than cumulative retardation ...

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