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Title: Ultrasonic technique for characterizing skin burns

Abstract

This invention, a method for ultrasonically determining the depth of a skin burn, is based on the finding that the acoustical impedance of burned tissue differs sufficiently from that of live tissue to permit ultrasonic detection of the interface between the burn and the underlying unburned tissue. The method is simple, rapid, and accurate. As compared with conventional practice, it provides the important advantage of permitting much earlier determination of whether a burn is of the first, second, or third degree. In the case of severe burns, the usual two - to three-week delay before surgery may be reduced to about 3 days or less.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4]
  1. Knoxville, TN
  2. (Knoxville, TN)
  3. East Alton, IL
  4. Louisville, KY
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
863041
Patent Number(s):
4080960
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
A - HUMAN NECESSITIES A61 - MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE A61B - DIAGNOSIS
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-26
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
ultrasonic; technique; characterizing; burns; method; ultrasonically; determining; depth; burn; based; finding; acoustical; impedance; burned; tissue; differs; sufficiently; live; permit; detection; interface; underlying; unburned; simple; rapid; accurate; compared; conventional; practice; provides; advantage; permitting; earlier; determination; third; degree; severe; three-week; delay; surgery; reduced; days; third degree; ultrasonic detection; ultrasonic technique; conventional practice; /600/

Citation Formats

Goans, Ronald E, Cantrell, Jr., John H., Meyers, F Bradford, and Stambaugh, Harry D. Ultrasonic technique for characterizing skin burns. United States: N. p., 1978. Web.
Goans, Ronald E, Cantrell, Jr., John H., Meyers, F Bradford, & Stambaugh, Harry D. Ultrasonic technique for characterizing skin burns. United States.
Goans, Ronald E, Cantrell, Jr., John H., Meyers, F Bradford, and Stambaugh, Harry D. Sun . "Ultrasonic technique for characterizing skin burns". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/863041.
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title = {Ultrasonic technique for characterizing skin burns},
author = {Goans, Ronald E and Cantrell, Jr., John H. and Meyers, F Bradford and Stambaugh, Harry D},
abstractNote = {This invention, a method for ultrasonically determining the depth of a skin burn, is based on the finding that the acoustical impedance of burned tissue differs sufficiently from that of live tissue to permit ultrasonic detection of the interface between the burn and the underlying unburned tissue. The method is simple, rapid, and accurate. As compared with conventional practice, it provides the important advantage of permitting much earlier determination of whether a burn is of the first, second, or third degree. In the case of severe burns, the usual two - to three-week delay before surgery may be reduced to about 3 days or less.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1978},
month = {1}
}

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