Date of Award

2004

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science Honours

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

First Advisor

Dr Dong Li

Abstract

Chronic wounds such as leg ulcers, pressure ulcers and diabetic ulcers affect many thousands of people in Australia. In addition to the costs of these wounds in terms of human suffering, loss of income and resources, there are costs related to the treatment of ulcers. Thus, there is a genuine need to develop an accurate and a fully objective application for wound measurement. The aim of this project was to create software for the measurement of wounds. In achieving this goal, several issues were addressed: an accurate measurement method capable of detecting small changes in an open wound surface area, a user friendly interface, written in the .NET languages and a relational database in order to keep an accurate visual record of changes in an open wound's surface area. With an accurate wound measurement system, practitioners will be able to speed wound healing by adjusting treatment according to the total area of ulceration on the affected limb. This project involved the development of a program to measure the surface area of a wound, with the intention of improving the efficiency of measurement.

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