Objective: Laser Doppler imaging (LDI) was compared to wound outcomes in children’s
burns, to determine if the technology could be used to predict these outcomes.
Methods: Forty-eight patients with a total of 85 burns were included in the study. Patient
median age was 4 years 10 months and scans were taken 0–186 h post-burn using the fast,
low-resolution setting on the Moor LDI2 laser Doppler imager. Wounds were managed by
standard practice, without taking into account the scan results. Time until complete reepithelialisation
and whether or not grafting and scar management were required were
recorded for each wound. If wounds were treated with SilvazineTM or ActicoatTM prior to the
scan, this was also recorded.
Results: The predominant colour of the scan was found to be significantly related to the reepithelialisation,
grafting and scar management outcomes and could be used to predict
those outcomes. The prior use of ActicoatTM did not affect the scan relationship to outcomes,
however, the use of SilvazineTM did complicate the relationship for light blue and
green scanned partial thickness wounds. Scans taken within the 24-h window after-burn
also appeared to be accurate predictors of wound outcome.
Conclusion: Laser Doppler imaging is accurate and effective in a paediatric populationwith a
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