The Software: BurnCase 3D

BurnCase 3D App for iPhone(tm)

BurnCase 3D is now available as beta version for iPhones on demand. We are already applying for a Appstore participation.
BurnCase 3D Mobile 2.0 provides a fully functional patient respository and is able to generate exaclty the same 3D models as the PC version. These 3D models can be scaled, moved and rotated freely. Moreover, the 3D surface can be marked by burn degrees interactively. The app automatically calculates the marked surface area of separately for each burn degree. We are also working on a synchronization interface to the PC version, so documented data can be exchanged using WiFi or USB connections.

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Key Features of BurnCase 3D (Windows PC Version)

  • Adapted 3D Models: 3D models are adapted regarding the patient's sex, age, height, weight, and body shape in order to provide a maximum of accuracy of the body surface calculations.
  • Intuitive Graphical Data Acquisition: The transfer of burn injuries onto the 3D model with standard input devices is as easy as painting on a sheet of paper.
  • Quickview Function: With a single mouse click it is possible to navigate to certain body regions of interest with the integrated QuickView function. This reduces the documentation effort to a minimum.
  • Realtime Calculation of Scores and Indices: As soon as burn areas are assigned to burn degrees, BurnCase 3D calculates figures like surface area, ABSI, Baux, and Baxter-Parkland within milliseconds and shows them on the user interface.
  • Integrated Digital Picture Archive: The integrated digital picture archive allows the structured archiving of digital patient pictures. A comprehensive search function provides fast post-processing of imported pictures.
  • 3D Landmarks on Patient Model: Besides burn regions BurnCase 3D allows to insert 3D landmarks on the model surface which can be assigned to multiple digital pictures. These pictures can afterwards be found easily visually instead of common textual search functions.
  • Objective Burn Area Transfer: Digital pictures can be superimposed on the 3D model in order to allow objective verification of wound borders and surface areas. BurnCase 3D is now able to import depth classification images (false color from CS-CAM.Burn of Delphi Optics or similar products)
  • Additional Burn-related Data: In addition to the graphical input of burn areas, BurnCase 3D offers a complete data set of burn-related information, which is based on international standards.
  • Configuration Manager: This tool simplifies the adaptation and verification of the burn-related data set to special needs of the institution.
  • Database Queries: Post-processing of all acquired data can be performed by a special data query tool. The found results can be exported to common analysis tools.
  • Reporting: BurnCase 3D contains a professional reporting module providing a large number of standard reports for patient documentation and accounting. The automatic generation of medical encoding reports saves work time of medical staff.
  • Encoding: BurnCase 3D encodes documented burn areas and burn-related data automatically by international codes like ICD10-2005-GSM which can be a basis for DRG Grouping.

Graphical Data Acquisition

BurnCase 3D offers the possibility to document all types of burn injuries on an appropriate 3D body model of the patient with an accuracy of one cm². Different burn degrees are visualized by different colors and patterns. BurnCase 3D calculates the affected surface areas with a world-wide unique accuracy. Thereby, the 3D model can be rotated, translated and zoomed by standard input devices. Additionally, the user is supported during the documentation process by useful tools like the freehand function, the look-at function and a deselection mode in order to provide a significant work reduction in comparison to common paper documentation effort. The complete data set is stored in a central database and is available from any workstation within the institution network. The acquired injury areas are grouped automatically by degree and body region in order to allow fast and simply post processing of the patient's state. In addition to burn degrees BurnCase 3D allows the acquisition of corrosions, amputations and healing states of injuries. The measurement function provides the possibility of measuring surface areas of transplantable skin on healthy skin regions of the patient.

Digital Picture Archive

In order to complete professional burn documentation BurnCase 3D offers an archive of digital images. Images can be assigned to regions on the 3D model. The special picture archive mode allows fast an intuitive retrieval of imported images by 3D landmarks on the model. Every image can be superimposed onto the 3D model in order to allow objective verification of documented burn regions. Of course, images can be searched by common criteria like name, date, or assigned body region or burn degree. BurnCase 3D additionally allows to save a 3D model position to every digital picture so it is possible to bring the model into the position that the patient has on the picture and compare the 3D model directly via superimposing to the picture of the real patient.

Additional Data Acquisition

The patient-related dataset is compatible to standard hospital information system interfaces. In addition to graphical burn wound information BurnCase 3D provides an interface for the acquisition of textual patient- and burn case-related data. The dataset is based on international standards like HL7 and NTRACS and allows a complete documentation of the whole treatment history. Of course, there is the possibility to adapt this dataset to local needs, although BurnCase 3D tries to establish a world-wide standard for burn data acquisition containing information on:

  • Cause of accident
  • First aid
  • Admission
  • Progress
  • Outcome
  • Complications

Medical Encoding and Reporting

BurnCase 3D offers complete medical encoding of patient states in ICD10 diagnostics code. All information from the 3D model as well as from the acquired additional data is taken into account for the generation of ICD codes. An integrated ICD10 Browsers allows for further refinement and addition of ICD codes. Furthermore, BurnCase 3D offers the following automatically generated reports for print-out:

  • Patient Information
  • Additonal Burn-related Data
  • ICD10 Journal
  • ABSI
  • Graphical Patient State
  • Affected Body Regions
  • Acquired Burn Degrees
  • Lund&Browder Charts

Moreover, additional institution reports can be created and integrated into the system as well as the integration in an existing hospital information system can be provided.

System Requirements

Operating System

  • MS Windows 2000
  • MS Windows XP
  • MS Windows VISTA
  • MS Windows 7

Hardware

  • Intel Pentium 4 or better
  • 3D Accelerated VGA Adapter (OpenGL support)
  • Min. 512 MB RAM
  • Min. 400 MB Hard disk

Database
BurnCase 3D Database server is based on MS SQL Server Desktop Engine (or on pre-existing MS SQL Server installations)

Previous Versions: BurnCase 3D Core 2004

Based on the developed prototype a first version of a stable and fully functional software system was created named BurnCase CORE. This system covers the whole diagnostic field of burn injuries reaching from documentation of burned areas, realtime calculation of 3D areas, encoding into diagnostic standard codes (ICD), and graphical reporting (Lund&Browder charts, ...) to a complete set of additional clinical data for statistical analysis.

The system stores the graphical representation of the patient as well as calculated areas and scores in an underlying relational database. Thus, it is easily possible to access this data via the SQL interface with third party programs for research and further work.

The 3-dimensional model is adapted to the real patient in height and weight allowing to work on a realistic virtual patient. In order to take the pysical constitution of a patient into account, several different base models for pycnic, leptosom and athletic body shapes are integrated in BurnCase CORE. This adaptation is done for every patient automatically.

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In order to help the user to transfer injured areas from photos onto the model, BurnCase CORE allows blending photos over the 3D model. Thus, the user only has to rotate the model in the correct position and can then transfer the areas by simply marking the border of the wound on the photo.

The system is able to generate a bunch of standard reports, which are highliy flexible and can be refined and expanded easily for future needs.

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The graphical interface of BurnCase CORE is based on OpenGL technology. The models consist of triangle meshes with a resolution of one cm², which means over 100.000 polygons per model. BurnCase offeres a model library consisting of 8 models representing different body shapes, sex and age. The OpenGL technologoy is used to render these models on the screen including shading, light effects, stipples and material colors. The selection algorithm is based on OpenGL too, allowing for every single polygon to be assigned a burn degree, color and stipple.

See www.opengl.org for further information.

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