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New Scanner to Predict Pressure Ulcer before Occurring

New Scanner to Predict Pressure Ulcer before Occurring

Wednesday, 9 January, 2019 - 06:45
The headquarters of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seen in Silver Spring, Maryland November 4, 2009. US REUTERS/Jason Reed
Cairo - Hazem Badr
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has adopted a new scanner to detect damaged skin tissues before the development of the disease and its appearance on the skin.

According to a report published on the News Medical website on Monday, this scanner can be beneficial in preventing the deadly impacts of the so-called pressure ulcer.

The pressure ulcers, also called "beds ulcers", occur in patients with medical condition who cannot change their positions or spend most of their time in bed. These are painful skin lesions, often developing in the skin covering bones, such as the ankles, heels, and the coccyx.

To diagnose this condition, doctors usually rely on noticing abnormal changes in the color or texture of the skin, swelling and pimple-like secretions. But, the new device predicts the problem before it occurs, through a periodic scanning of the most vulnerable areas.

The device was used in a clinical study targeting 182 patients at risk of bed ulcers in 12 hospitals in the United States and the United Kingdom. The results were positive in early detection.

Dr. Adel Helmi, consultant of skin diseases at the Egyptian health ministry, told Asharq Al-Awsat: "Pressure ulcer may lead to cellulitis, an infection that hits the skin and connective tissue, causing warmth, swelling and redness in the affected area. The pressure ulcer penetration into the joints and bones can destroy them, affecting the movement of joints and limbs. Ulcers may also develop to a type of squamous cell carcinomas."

According to a US study published in the National Library of Medicine Journal in 2017, an estimated 18 to 25 percent of patients across the United States and Europe suffer from pressure ulcers.

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