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3D photo optic camera for improved treatment of foot ulcers

The 3D photo optic camera project aims at a much more efficient and precise method for diagnosis and treatment of foot ulcers. The Department of Endocrinology and the section for LEAN and Innovation at Odense University Hospital has developed a prototype for a 3D camera that takes pictures and measurements of the ulcer that can provide the basis for correct diagnosis and treatment of the ulcer. The camera was developed in close cooperation with TECCLUSTER A/S, Svendborg Municipality, Team Online and ComMed.

To be able to correctly diagnose and treat a foot ulcer it is essential to know the size and depth of the ulcer. The 3D camera provides exact measurements of high quality, and is a quick and innovative method for determining area and volume of a foot ulcer. For that reason the 3D camera has the potential to greatly improve the field of diabetic ulcer treatment.

The 3D image is created by a three dimensional optical camera that combines a light source, two optical cameras and one digital camera. The digital image is placed on top of the high resolution scan which allows for edges and depth of the ulcer to be easily and accurately defined.

The 3D camera will be useful for all personnel who work with ulcer patients. The foremost advantage of the 3D camera is that it provides a very precise diagnosis and thus ensures better and shorter treatment plans. With a more exact method for measuring ulcers, unnecessary examinations and complications can be avoided. As the camera is portable and handheld this also means that patients can be examined and treated in their home which has a positive physical and psychological effect on their health. Shorter and better treatment will also lead to a better use of resources as time and money is saved.

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Camera prototype 3D-image of foot with ulcer 3D visualisation of ulcer

The idea for 3D photography of foot ulcers sprang from a telemedical solution for ulcer treatment at Odense University Hospital. When testing the telemedical treatment where medical specialists mostly see pictures of the ulcers and base treatment advice on these pictures, it has become obvious that the current methods of measuring and diagnosing the ulcers are not adequate to provide proper telemedical service to the patients.


The project runs from November 1st 2011 to December 31st 2013, and is managed by the CIMT. Additional partners are various clinical specialists, first and foremost a medical PhD student from the Wound Clinic of the Department of Endocrinology who is researching the potential and clinical consequences of both telemedical ulcer treatment and the effects of the 3D ulcer camera.

Facts about diabetic foot ulcers
Diabetic foot ulcers are deep wounds that occur as a result of nerve damage in the feet (peripheral neuropathy). Amputation is a common consequence of diabetic foot ulcers; approximately 85% of all diabetes-related amputations are caused by foot ulcers. The ulcer treatment is extensive, resource demanding and highly specialized and necessitates involvement of patient, hospital and local in-home care personnel.

Project partners:
Svendborg Kommune
Team Online


The project has received economic funding from the Growth Forum of Southern Denmark and the Regional Fund of the European Union.


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Henrik Gaunsbæk
Project manager
Phone: +45 3058 8342
Mail: henrik.gaunsbaek@rsyd.dk

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