Applications

Multi-Use Imaging Solution

The Snapshot NIR device utilizes short wavelength near infrared light to determine tissue oxygen saturation. Short wavelength near infrared light penetrates a few millimeters into tissue making it ideal for microcirculation assessment. The strength of the Kent’s patented technology is that it provides a full view of the injured or reconstructed tissue and is completely non-invasive. The images provided by Kent’s devices are readily interpreted and the information relates directly to the viability of tissue.

Snapshot NIR can be used for many application including:

  • Wound care
  • Burn management
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).

Tissue Viability Imaging

Understanding the wound is the first step to healing. The blood oxygenation value is not detectable through the unaided eye or with traditional perfusion imaging.

Snapshot NIR allows you to view oxygen saturation (StO2) levels throughout the wound and surrounding tissue

Wound Care

Snapshot NIR provides medical professionals value-based insight into the ongoing healing process when assessing and treating chronic wounds. Chronic wounds (commonly seen as complications of diabetes, immobilization, and circulatory problems) are difficult to treat, cost healthcare systems billions of dollars each year and greatly affect patient quality of life. In severe cases, these types of wounds can lead to limb amputation.

In order for a wound to heal, adequate blood flow and oxygen saturation at the wound site itself is necessary. When clinicians determine the course of treatment for a chronic wound, tissue perfusion and blood flow are key factors. Snapshot NIR is non-invasive and is able to rapidly provide images of oxygen perfusion/saturation within the wound bed, which is not possible with technologies that require skin contact.

The perfusion images provided by Snapshot NIR can help clinicians distinguish between wounds that are sufficiently oxygenated and will heal over time, and those which are not sufficiently oxygenated and will require more aggressive treatments in order to heal. Snapshot NIR aids medical professionals in delivering the best treatment plan by providing an understanding of the wound’s oxygenation status, and convenient tracking of changes in the wound.

Rapid Wound Assessment

  • Predict Healing Trajectory
  • Improve Clinical Outcomes
  • Mitigate Risks Early
  • Track Patient Progress

Burn Management

Accurate classification of burn depth is crucial in determining a treatment plan, yet it remains difficult for even experienced clinicians.

Blood flow and oxygen saturation can aid medical professionals in determining the depth of burn. Snapshot NIR is ideal for burn assessment because the imaging is fast (less than a second), non-contact, and painless for patients. Earlier determination of burn depth reduces the need (or delay) in surgery and avoids unnecessary surgery which leads to decreased costs for hospitals and lessens patient discomfort. In cases where a skin graft or tissue transplantation is required, Snapshot NIR becomes an invaluable aid during surgery, and for monitoring progression during the healing process.

Surgery

Snapshot NIR is a revolutionary imaging device that measures oxygenation in tissue before, during and after surgery. For breast reconstruction candidates, the device confirms the mastectomy flaps are receiving enough oxygen to be healthy and able to progress with healing.

View oxygen saturation levels

Reconstructive Surgery

Earlier knowledge of poorly oxygenated skin flaps can reduce complications and improve patient outcomes in reconstructive surgeries. Poorly perfused skin flaps are often not clinically apparent until hours after surgery, at which point, they are more difficult to salvage and have more complications. Snapshot NIR can detect perfusion problems in skin flaps earlier, allowing clinicians to intervene sooner and reduce complications. The Kent technology can provide images of deoxygenated hemoglobin, oxygenated hemoglobin, and total hemoglobin in addition to the resultant StO2 images. These tools combined can help distinguish between arterial or venous insufficiency and guide the surgeon to corrective measures while in the operating room. Ultimately, determining a skin flap has limited blood supply earlier may lead to less patient suffering and reduced healthcare costs.

Cardiac Bypass Surgery

Snapshot NIR can measure the oxygen saturation of cardiac tissue during open heart surgery. The imaging device is quick and easy to use, providing visualization of oxygen delivery in less than a second. The technology makes it easy for medical professionals to identify perfusion deficits or changes in oxygen delivery before, during and after surgical intervention. Using the imaging may aid clinicians in evaluating the success of a graft during a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedure and lead to better patient outcomes.