The Kent Imaging device provides medical professionals valuable insight into the ongoing healing process when assessing and treating chronic wounds. Chronic wounds (commonly seen as complications of diabetes, immobilization, and circulatory problems) are difficult to treat, cost healthcare systems billions of dollars each year, and greatly affect patient quality of life. In severe cases, these types of wounds can lead to limb amputation.
In order for a wound to heal, adequate blood flow and oxygen saturation at the wound site itself is necessary. When clinicians determine the course of treatment for a chronic wound, tissue perfusion and blood flow are key factors. The Kent Imaging device is non-invasive and therefore is able to rapidly provide images of oxygen perfusion/saturation within the wound bed, which is not possible with technologies that require skin contact.
The perfusion images provided by the Kent Imaging device can help clinicians distinguish between wounds that are sufficiently oxygenated and will heal over time, and those which are not sufficiently oxygenated and will require more aggressive treatments in order to heal. The Kent Imaging device aids medical professionals in delivering the best course of treatment by providing an understanding of the wound’s oxygenation status, and convenient tracking of changes in the wound.