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Article
March 2002

Experience With Wood Lamp Illumination and Digital Photography in the Documentation of Bruises on Human Skin

Author Affiliations

From the Child Advocacy Center, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (Drs Vogeley and Pierce), and the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh (Dr Bertocci), Pittsburgh, Pa.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002;156(3):265-268. doi:10.1001/archpedi.156.3.265
Abstract

Bruising is very common in children. Examination of bruising can guide the clinician in ordering radiographic imaging studies of children who have suffered trauma. Additionally, bruising in infants and patterns of bruising that do not match the injury scenario offered by caretakers can raise the suspicion of abuse. This article reports preliminary experience with Wood lamp enhancement of faint bruises and visualization of bruises that are not visible. It describes the method for digital photography of bruises visualized in this way. Finally, it suggests future applications and areas of further study.

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