British researchers recently designed a new hand-held scanner called the DFirst. This device was created to help doctors detect hot spots on the feet of diabetic patients. These hot spots could signal an impending ulcer, as hot spots identify areas of inflammation.
If left untreated, diabetic foot ulcers could lead to amputation. After an amputation, mortality rates are dramatically higher: 50% of patients with an amputation die within two years, and up to 80% die within five years. This tool that can help to identify future ulcers before they become a major problem can allow medical intervention before the ulcer develops.
These findings were published in Voice of America on November 26, 2017.