Time: 15.00 - 16.00Part of IPEM's Webinar series
Infrared thermal imaging technology
and cameras have evolved dramatically over the last decade. As a result, the
application of this technology in medical research is increasing. Several
fields of medicine, including trauma, plastics, breast and vascular surgery,
have trialled the use of thermal imaging.
The field of kidney
transplantation is one application where additional diagnostic technology is required.
Transplantation is the preferred treatment for patients with end-stage kidney
disease. Given the shortage of organs, the transplant community are moving
towards using more marginal donors (i.e. elderly donors, or donors with
pre-existing co-morbidities) and using novel preservation technologies.
Outcomes from these marginal donors are mixed. Part of the problem is that
accurately assessing the quality of organs remains an inexact science. Thermal
imaging offers a potential adjunct to viability assessment.
Dr. Kevin Howell and Mr. Dilan
Dabare successfully applied for an IPEM Innovation Grant in order to evaluate the
use of thermal imaging in kidney transplantation. They will be discussing their
experience and results so far.
In this webinar you will learn about:
Basics of infrared thermal imaging and the
information that can be gained from its use.
Currently available cameras and software.
Application of thermal imaging in a surgical
setting with kidney transplantation being used as an example.
Preliminary results from the use infrared
thermal imaging in clinical research.
Other microvascular imaging techniques, such as
laser speckle contrast imaging.
Mr. Dilan Dabare MBChB, MRCS. University of Birmingham/ Queen
Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. UK.
Mr. Dabare is senior kidney
transplant surgical trainee in the UK. He is currently reading for PhD at the
University of Birmingham. He is also a clinical fellow at the Queen Elizabeth
Hospital in Birmingham, one of the largest kidney transplant units in the
country. His research interest is the macroscopic and microscopic assessment of
organs for transplantation. He has setup a trial looking at the predictive
value of thermal imaging on early graft outcome in kidney transplantation. His
preliminary work has won awards at the British Microcirculation Society and
British Transplant Society conference and was awarded an IPEM Innovation Grant.
Dr. Kevin Howell MIPEM CSci ASIS
Institute of Immunity and
Transplantation, Royal Free Hospital, London. UK.
Dr. Howell is a Clinical
Scientist in Microvascular Diagnostics at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
His PhD was in the application of thermal imaging technology in connective
tissue diseases, and he currently sits on the IPEM Physiological Measurement
Special Interest Group (PMSIG). He is also the current President of the
European Association of Thermology www.eurothermology.org
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