3D images help treat wounded soldiers in Afghanistan

Research at the University of Oxford in to 3D imaging is being used to help treat the wounds of soldiers in Afghanistan.

Oxford-based start-up Eykona Medical has developed a medical imaging system which can be used in the measuring and characterising diabetic wounds.

Using two individual cameras and four high powered flash units in a mobile unit, the Eykona system builds a 3D image and systems software measures size, depth and skin tone with sub-millimetre accuracy.

The system was conceived by Professor Ron Daniel and Dr James Paterson to transform wound care which currently uses techniques including naked eye assessment, tracing paper and pencil, dipstick depth measurement and relatively invasive resin casts.

Instead of relying on the naked eye and recorded notes, the 3D system reproduces colour images and allows colour change to be recorded over time giving valuable information on the status of the tissues in the wound bed.

“By replacing archaic, basic and expensive processes, Eykona is not just saving time and money, but lives,” said Dr James Paterson, one of the inventors of the Eykona system.

The Eykona camera took eight years of research and development and creates a detailed 3D model of any wound or scar from which accurate measurements of distance, area, colour, width or volume can be made.

Using the Eykona rendering software the 3D model can be assessed from all angles and even shared with other doctors and clinicians through server or cloud-based hosting.

“It means more measurements can be taken, in less time, by any number of health care professionals. They can then be shared with clinicians and specialists anywhere in the world if needed,” said Dr Paterson.

The Eykona technology’s size and robust design has meant early adopters include the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, which is currently using the device in the field to help treat the wounds of soldiers in Afghanistan as well as mapping impacts on body armour to improve research and development.

The cost of an Eykona is under £5000 including the software and carry case and there is very little ongoing maintenance cost.

Currently being used by a small number of NHS Trusts, the camera is expected to receive a national listing later this year.


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