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Acta Vulnologica 2015 March;13(1):15-23

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Evaluation of the efficacy of an innovative system for measuring chronic wounds: Mobile Wound Analyzer

Scalise A. 1, Bottoni M. 1, Scalise L. 2, Pierangeli M. 1, Di Benedetto G. 1

1 Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Clinic of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona, Ancona, Italy;
2 Department of Industrial Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy


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AIM: We conducted a pilot study to evaluate the efficacy of the Mobile Wound Analyzer (MOWA), a software application for smartphones and tablets for measuring chronic skin ulcers and assessing progress of wound healing.
METHODS: Eight chronic skin wounds were measured using the MOWA, a simple ruler, and the VisitrakTM system. Method precision, repeatability, and accuracy were assessed quantitatively. Time needed for taking measurements, and software features and functions were compared semiquantitatively.
RESULTS: The MOWA provides substantially good accuracy and repeatability which, however, are presently not sufficient for scientific studies.
CONCLUSION: Future software refinements and testing in larger-scale studies may yield data suggesting its potential use in outpatient settings.

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