Detection of diabetic foot hyperthermia by infrared imaging

Luis Vilcahuamán, Rachid Harba, R. Canals, M. Zequera, C. Wilches, M. T. Arista, L. Torres, H. Arbañil

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In diabetic foot, the occurrence of an ulcer is often associated with hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is defined as a temperature greater than 2.2°C in a given region of one of the foot compared to the temperature of the same region of the contralateral foot. Unfortunately, hyperthermia is not yet assessed in current diabetic foot therapy. In this paper, we propose an easy way to detect a possible hyperthermia by using an infrared camera. A specific acquisition protocol of the thermal images is proposed. A dedicated image analysis is developed: it is composed of a contour detection of the 2 feet using the Chan and Vese active contour method associated to the ICP rigid registration technique. Among 85 type II diabetes persons recruited in the Dos de Mayo hospital in Lima, Peru, 9 individuals show significant hyperthermia. It is expected that the new possibility of detecting hyperthermia in hospitals or in diabetic health centers which is now available, thanks to the proposed method, will help in reducing foot ulcer occurrence for diabetic persons.
Idioma originalEspañol
Título de la publicación alojada2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014
Número de páginas4
EstadoPublicada - 1 ene. 2014

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