Imaging could show which cold or injured hands will recover

March 5, 2015

Union Memorial is studying new equipment that shows blood flow, or lack of it, in trauma patients. They aim to use it on frostbite victims, but for now they're using it on people who've had fingers reattached.

Doctors have used the real-time dye tracking technology for decades to show proper circulation, mostly during heart and eye procedures, and more recently in breast reconstruction and other plastic surgery. Now researchers at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital's Curtis National Hand Center want to show it can replace less sensitive, or more expensive and potentially harmful, diagnostic tools in working with hands damaged by accident or extreme cold.

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