System to track bacteria in real-time
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A new system able to detect and monitor bacteria in chronic wounds could lead to better treatment procedures while also reducing the use of antibiotics.
Diagnosing chronic wounds has typically been left up to individual clinical judgment, which can vary, and culture-based tests, which sometimes requires waiting days for a result. The new system will simplify the process by detecting and tracking bacterial infection in wounds using endogenous autofluorescence. The process, which will not require a contrast agent, will allow the medical team to detect and 'map' bacteria that cannot be seen using current methods as well as monitor how the bacteria respond to antibiotic treatments.
The system could also have applications in other areas, such checking for infection in surgical sites, skin grafts or radiation skin damage.