Current approaches use subjective semiquantitative or cumbersome objective methodologies to assess physical characteristics of hypertrophic and keloid scars.
This pilot study aimed to evaluate the accuracy and feasibility of a new stereoscopic optical and high-resolution 3-dimensional imaging system, for objectively measuring changes in above-surface scar volume after various interventions.
Feasibility and accuracy were assessed by monitoring the above-surface scar volume of 5 scars in 2 patients for 5 successive months. Above-surface scar volume and Vancouver Scar Scale scores and the investigator and patient volume improvement assessment scores were assessed before and 12 weeks after last intervention.
Scar volume measured by the imaging system correlated significantly with the gold standard (actual weight). The greatest volume reduction followed a combination of cryotherapy and intralesional triamcinolone acetonide and 5-fluorouracil injections in Patient 1 and a combination of pulse dye laser and intralesional triamcinolone acetonide injections in Patient 2.
The new stereoscopic optical system is a valid, accurate, and practical objective method for assessing scar volume and for monitoring treatment response. It is more sensitive and accurate than semiquantitative objective scales. Further studies with a higher number of patients and scars are required to increase the measurement validity of the system.
*Department of Dermatology, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel;
†Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
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