Wound Healing Assessment Using Digital Photography: A Review

  • Hamidreza Mohafez Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Siti Anom Ahmad Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Sharifah Ahmad Roohi Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Maryam Hadizadeh Universiti Putra Malaysia
Keywords: Wound Assessment, Digital Photography, Image Analysis, Wound Healing

Abstract

Digital photography as a non-invasive, simple, objective, reproducible, and practical imaging modality has been investigated for the wound healing assessment over the last three decades, and now has been widely used in clinical daily routine. Advances in the field of image analysis and computational intelligence techniques along with the improvements in digital camera instrumentation, expand the applications of standardized digital photography in diagnostic dermatology such as evaluation of tumours, erythema, and ulcers. A series of digital images taken at regular intervals carries the most informative wound healing indexes, color and dimension, that may help clinicians to evaluate the effectiveness of a particular treatment regimen, to relieve patient discomfort, to globally assess the healing kinetics, and to quantitatively compare different therapies; however, the extent of underlying tissue damage cannot be fully detected. This paper is an introductory review of the important investigations proposed by researchers in the context of clinical wound assessment. The principles of wound assessment using digital photography were shortly described, followed by review of the related literature in four main domains: wound tissue segmentation, automated wound area measurement, wound three dimensional (3D) analysis and volumetric measurement, and monitoring and evaluation of wound tissue changes during healing.

Author Biographies

Hamidreza Mohafez, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, PhD
Siti Anom Ahmad, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Associate Professor
Sharifah Ahmad Roohi, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Department of Orthopaedics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Professor
Maryam Hadizadeh, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Department of Sport Studies, Faculty of Educational Studies, PhD

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Published
2016-10-31
How to Cite
Mohafez, H., Ahmad, S. A., Roohi, S. A., & Hadizadeh, M. (2016). Wound Healing Assessment Using Digital Photography: A Review. Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Imaging, 3(5), 01. https://doi.org/10.14738/jbemi.35.2203