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Phosphorescent Bandage Helps Wound Assessment

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A “smart” bandage can indicate oxygen concentration in severely damaged tissue, potentially increasing the success rate of surgeries to restore limbs and physical functions. With wounded soldiers in mind, a team from the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School developed the see-through, paint-on bandage system. It provides direct, noninvasive measurement of tissue oxygenation using an imaging method that captures oxygen-dependent signals from the bandage. “It allows for the visual assessment of the wound bed,...Read full article

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