Infrared thermal imaging for automated detection of diabetic foot complications

Jaap J. van Netten, Jeff G. van Baal, C. Liu, Ferdinand van der Heijden, Sicco A. Bus

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    Background: Although thermal imaging can be a valuable technology in the prevention and management of diabetic foot disease, it is not yet widely used in clinical practice. Technological advancement in infrared imaging increases its application range. The aim was to explore the first steps in the applicability of high-resolution infrared thermal imaging for noninvasive automated detection of signs of diabetic foot disease. Conclusions: With an algorithm based on parameters that can be captured and analyzed with a high-resolution infrared camera and a computer, it is possible to detect signs of diabetic foot disease and to discriminate between no, local, or diffuse diabetic foot complications. As such, an intelligent telemedicine monitoring system for noninvasive automated detection of signs of diabetic foot disease is one step closer. Future studies are essential to confirm and extend these promising early findings.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)1122-1129
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of diabetes science and technology
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013


    • EWI-23849
    • Diabetic foot ulceration prediction
    • IR-87537
    • METIS-300096
    • Infrared Imaging

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