Review of near-infrared methods for wound assessment

Michael G. Sowa, Wen Chuan Kuo, Alex C.T. Ko, David G. Armstrong

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Wound management is a challenging and costly problem that is growing in importance as people are living longer. Instrumental methods are increasingly being relied upon to provide objective measures of wound assessment to help guide management. Technologies that employ near-infrared (NIR) light form a prominent contingent among the existing and emerging technologies. We review some of these technologies. Some are already established, such as indocyanine green fluorescence angiography, while we also speculate on others that have the potential to be clinically relevant to wound monitoring and assessment. These various NIR-based technologies address clinical wound management needs along the entire healing trajectory of a wound.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number091304
JournalJournal of biomedical optics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • fluorescence angiography
  • inflammation
  • near-infrared imaging
  • nonlinear optical imaging
  • optical coherence tomography
  • photoplethysmography
  • proliferation
  • remodeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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