Utility of a real-time fluorescence imaging device in guiding antibiotic treatment in superficial skin infections

Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2021 Feb 24:1-6. doi: 10.25259/IJDVL_856_19. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

The prescription of antibiotics empirically without confirmation of an infective etiology is on the rise. Administration of appropriate antibiotics can be guided by real-time fluorescence imaging using a point-of-care device. These composite images show the presence, type and the burden of infection. The time saved by this method over microbiological testing, especially in resource-poor settings, can lead to a paradigm shift in treatment by facilitating prompt and adequate antimicrobial therapy, surgical debridement as well as follow-up. Thumbnail sketches of a series of four cases highlighting different scenarios in which a fluorescent imaging device utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning was found useful is presented in this report.

PMID:33666048 | DOI:10.25259/IJDVL_856_19