SnapshotNIR featured in interview with Dr. Windy Cole on the Wound Care Learning Network

Curious how SnapshotNIR fits the theragnostic definition? Or how SnapshotNIR can be used as a non-invasive vascular assessment to improve delivery of quality care? Or how this new and novel technology is being used in clinical research and private practice? The Wound Care Learning Network chatted with Dr. Windy Cole, DPM, Adjunct Professor and Director of Wound Care Research at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, to answer these questions based on her experience using the device.

For answers, watch the video spotlight on SnapshotNIR here.

SnapshotNIR Used to Identify Patterns of StO2 in Wound Healing

In a retrospective study published in Wounds (October 2020), Adam Landsman, DPM, PHD, set out to identify if distinct patterns of tissue oxygen saturation (StO2) in the wound and periwound tissues are associated with wound healing. Using near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), 25 patients with diabetic foot ulcers or venous leg ulcers were imaged throughout their course of therapy. Retrospectively, the images were analzed for common patterns in StO2 that may predict whether or not a wound would heal.

Read the full article, Visualization of Wound Healing Progression with Near Infrared Spectroscopy: A Retrospective Study, to learn more about Dr. Landsman’s findings, including the four stages identified as H.I.N.T.

SnapshotNIR Shown to Correlate to TCOM in Recent Publication

Check out a new study measuring tissue oxygenation in hard-to-heal wounds published in the Journal of Wound Care , comparing the use of TCOM to NIRS imaging with SnapshotNIR. The lead author, Dr. Tom Serena, concluded that both forms of measurement were well correlated but that SnapshotNIR  provided a number of significant advantages: immediate point-of-care visualization of tissue oxygenation using a handheld device, the entire imaging procedure takes only a few minutes to perform and removes operator dependence, and with no patient contact, allows for measurements directly in the wound bed.  

SnapshotNIR Aids in Effective Clinical Decisions by Advancing Tissue Assessment

SnapshotNIR is the feature of an article titled “Assessing DFU Perfusion: Comparing the Tried & True to the Novel & New” published in the May 2020 issue of Today’s Wound Clinic. The authors, Windy Cole, DPM, and Stacey Coe, note the challenges and inaccuracy with standard non-invasive vascular assessment methods, such as TCOM, and seek to determine if near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) imaging can provide a more accurate picture of wound healing. Using a challenging diabetic foot ulcer case study, the authors conclude that SnapshotNIR is the future of managing wound care treatments for improved and timely healing. SnapshotNIR was able to track hemodynamic changes in wound tissues after revascularization, and that the changes noted in wound tissue oxygenation correlated to the clinical appearance of the wound. The imaging information captured added aided clinicians in determining appropriate and effective treatment choices for patients’ recovery. SnapshotNIR’s ability to produce instant and reproducible images, along with its portability makes it an excellent choice for clinicians and the healing of their patients’ wounds. 

Advancing Tissue Assessment: SnapshotNIR imaging similar to ICG fluorescence angiography

A new study published by Jones, G. et al. in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS) January 2020 highlights the comparable accuracy between SnapshotNIR and ICG fluorescence angiography in assessing flap outcome in the immediate post-operative period. The article “Snapshot Multispectral Imaging Is Not Inferior to SPY Laser Fluorescence Imaging When Predicting Murine Flap Necrosis” shares results that are extremely encouraging for the use of SnapshotNIR intraoperatively in flaps in a timely and non-invasive manner.

Easy-to-operate SnapshotNIR valuable in tracking wound healing progress with PACE therapy.

Dr. Windy Cole DPM, Kent State University, uses SnapshotNIR to assess chronic wound healing in a pulsed acoustic cellular expression (PACE) therapy case study. SnapshotNIR was shown to be “a very user friendly point-of-care imaging device to track weekly wound progress. It provided an objective means of evaluating wound response to PACE therapy.” Published in Today’s Wound Clinic® October 2019.


SnapshotNIR demonstrated to be clinically valuable in the management of CLI.

Continuous monitoring of the hemodynamic characteristics (perfusion of oxygenated blood) after revascularization is clinically relevant in monitoring and managing patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI). Handheld SnapshotNIR was used for longitudinal monitoring of tissue oxygenation to predict healing outcomes in patients with CLI at the AZH Wound and Vascular Center, Milwaukee, WI. “The hemodynamic changes measured using SnapshotNIR after endovascular revascularization and HBOT allow clinicians to use this technology to determine treatment protocols and understand healing characteristics in CLI.” Many additional benefits of this imaging technology were noted, including cost effectiveness, time efficiency and ability to integrate with existing EMR. Today’s Wound Clinic® September 2019.

Today’s Wound Clinic – Near Infrared Spectroscopy & Predicting the Likelihood of Future Wound Healing

The SnapshotNIR device is an example of the rapidly emerging digital imaging assessment tools available to wound care providers for the management of chronic wounds. By establishing the condition of the wound bed and surrounding tissues, clinicians can actually predict whether or not a vascular component is influencing wound closure. Using this device, one can predict, up to one week in advance, that necrosis or dehiscence of a flap is probable.

Read the full article here.

Podiatry Today – Can Multispectral Imaging Aid in Wound Care and Limb Salvage?

I have been using a new multispectral infrared camera, the SnapshotNIR (Kent Imaging), for a few weeks now. My patients and I have been wowed by the images but I have been impressed more by the relevant clinical information I have available to me instantly while treating my wound care patients.

Read the full article here.

BioWorld MedTech – Kent Imaging Says its Device is the First Line of Defense in Wound and Tissue Analysis

Whether it’s a chronic wound, acute injury or following surgical intervention, we give physicians the first line of defense to determine if the tissue has a chance to survive and remain viable.