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Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Beomjin Kim

Department/Program

Department of Computer Science

Abstract

The current standard of wound assessment is heavily dependent on manual measurements and visual inspection. This approach has areas that need to be improved to provide a better quality service to patients and to enhance the accuracy of the assessment. Some of existing steps can be digitally automated and the image data can be properly stored for later computation and analysis. These steps will reduce inconvenience for the patient and increase accuracy for wound care. This project is a creation of a prototype system that allows a team of medical practitioners to remotely record data of a patient’s wounds and then assess the healing process of the patient’s wounds with the assistance of computers and domain experts at a medical office. The system is developed as a web application, connected with a back-end sub-system including a database. By using a front-end graphical user interface, such as through the Internet or on a mobile phone, a local medical practitioner can capture the images of wounds at a patient’s location and request an evaluation by physicians who are located at their medical office. The physician remotely assesses the transmitted images and is able to give feedback or a diagnosis in real time. This assessment procedure provides a convenience to patients who are experiencing lack of mobility. This also enables the patients to receive high quality services from medical professionals at other facilities. In addition, the developed system improves the quality of service by utilizing a computer-assisted measuring process on the digitized images. This developed system will also allow color/shape tracking of the image in order to automatically measure the wound’s dimensions. Lastly, the data can be digitally archived and has the ability to be used for historical comparison to keep track of the wound’s healing progress with annotations attached to the image. The Senior Capstone team’s role in this project is the initialization of the WoundView system and the aforementioned tasks. Our sponsor institution is Parkview’s Mirro Center for Research and Innovation. This project has future potential to contribute greatly to the under-developed branch of telemedicine due its ability to be improved and expanded on. One such example includes deriving the wound depth and volume from the images. Another could include image morphing the progress of the healing wound through 3D modeling.

Disciplines

Computer Sciences

WoundView: A Prototype Telemedicine System Designed for Wound Assessment

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