Assessment of Skin Scars in Clinical
Practice & Scientific Studies
Introducing Spectrocutometry, a new objective method


By Ilkka Kaartinen
January 2012
Tampere University Press
Distributed by Coronet Books Inc.

ISBN: 9789514486081
126 pages

$92.50 Paper original


Scars are formed after surgical procedures or trauma to the skin. In some cases, excess scar tissue is formed, causing pain, irritation and itching and cosmetic impairment. Treatment of such scars is often difficult and should be done by specialized clinics. There is little evidence of even the most widely used scar therapies, and to date, there is no generally accepted method for measuring the scar activity. This dissertation proposes a new objective method, Spectrocutometry, for assessing scar blood concentration. This method has been shown to be reliable and feasible in clinical scar assessment. Spectrocutometry has been developed by researcher Dr Tech Petri Välisuo in University of Vaasa, Finland, and the author of this dissertation, MD Ilkka Kaartinen and has been used and tested in the department of Plastic Surgery in Tampere University Hospital.

Spectrocutometry combines digital imaging and reflectance spectrophotometry, and provides estimation of different skin cromophores, such as haemoglobin and melanin. The method is recommended for scar studies as well as clinical practice in assessment and documentation of problematic skin scars.

 

Acta Universitatis Tamperensis No. 1671

 

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