Kent Imaging Inc. Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance on SnapshotNIR V3.0

CALGARY, January 6, 2021 /EIN Presswire/ – Kent Imaging announced today the FDA 510(k) clearance for SnapshotNIR V3.0 (KD204) – now available for shipping. This upgrade provides significant feature enhancements to the imaging technology that advances tissue assessment in acute and chronic wounds. The multitude of advancements include the ability to image most skin tones (overcoming the melanin barrier), linear and surface area wound measurements, easy report generation with image comparisons, and enhanced patient file management, to name a few.

SnapshotNIR utilizes near infrared light to determine tissue oxygen saturation (StO2), which is a key indicator of tissue health. Ideal for microcirculation assessment, it conveys a comprehensive picture of the healing capacity of wounds or surgical tissue. This critical information is used to support clinical judgement in choosing, evaluating, and tracking treatment and surgical options throughout the care continuum.

“We are excited to release this enhanced version of SnapshotNIR as part of Kent’s dedication to bringing innovation to this critical market. Robust features asked for by front-line wound care specialists and reconstructive surgeons have been incorporated, delivering a product that can easily track and document wound healing progress and support therapeutic decisions,” noted Pierre Lemire, CEO. “SnapshotNIR V3.0 continues to support the goal of delivering on solutions that aid wound care and surgical specialists in improving patient outcomes and reducing complications.”

About Kent Imaging Inc.

Kent Imaging, located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is a leading innovator in oxygenation imaging, who develops, manufactures, and markets medical technology that supports real-time decision making in wound care, vascular and surgical sub-specialties. Kent holds multiple patents in oxygen imaging technology and continues to provide innovative and advanced diagnostic imaging solutions to aid healthcare systems nationally and internationally. For more information about Kent Imaging, visit www.kentimaging.com.

Evaluation and prognosis of patients with SnapshotNIR

Doctors Wendy Young, Michael An, and Samantha Dunn are Foot and Ankle Specialists associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs of Northport New York and Stonybrook University Hospital.

The team is investigating the potential uses of the SnapshotNIR near infrared spectroscopy camera within their podiatric clinics in the evaluation and progrnosis of their patients.

Dr. Wendy Young is the podiatric Residency Director of Department f Veterns Affairs of Northport New York and Stonybrook University Hospital. Doctor An and Doctor Dunn are both first year podiatry residents.

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.


New and novel methods of non-invasive vascular assessment: enhancing triage protocols in wound healing and limb salvage

This CE/CME/CECH webinar presented by Dr. Richard Neville, MD (Director, Inova Vascular) and moderated by Dr. Lee Rogers, DPM (Chief Medical Officer at Amputation Prevention Experts (APEx) Health Network), is supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Kent Imaging. A recording of the webinar will reside on the podiatry.com website for 12 months following the live event. Register now for what is sure to be an intriguing topic in the management of critical limb ischemia.

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.