Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by a high serum glucose level and by disturbances of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. Diabetics had a greater prevalence of skin manifestations in type 2 than type 1, and as the duration of the DM increased, the likelihood of developing skin manifestations also increased. Early referral to the dermatologist may help to detect complications of the skin in diabetes at an early stage and may prevent disability caused by these complications.
The aim of the project is to develop a more accurate early-stage detection, diagnosis and monitoring that will reduce the microvascular and macrovascular complications of diabetes mellitus. The created system using appropriate information and communication technologies would provide more convenient intercommunication among physicians, by performing consultations, information and knowledge exchange. Therefore, the time between the right diagnosis and effective treatment will be minimized and the probability of negative consequences to the patient‘s health (limb amputations, or even death) will be avoided.
The SkinDetector consortium consists of 5 SMEs (Metis Baltic, Boynedun Limited, DotSoft, Dasel Sistemas, Optomed Oy), 4 RTD performers (InnoTecUK, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, TWI Limited, Kaunas University of Technology), and one end-user – Technical University Dresden.
Some of the key problems faced by the patients with Diabetes mellitus (DM) are the following:
- At least 30% of persons with DM have some type of external including cutaneous involvement during the course of their chronic disease and diabetic foot is the main of them
- Over 15% of diabetic foot ulcers require amputation
Although the end results of diabetic foot ulceration may be devastating, the development of ulceration is preventable, thus early diagnosis is crucial.
SkinDetector project partners are:
- Innovative Technology & Science Ltd
- UAB Metis Baltic
- Boynedun Limited
- Dasel SL
- Optomed Oy
- Technische Universität Dresden
- Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
- TWI Limited
- Kaunas University of Technology