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Luminetx VeinViewer

Luminetx VeinViewer (Image courtesy Luminetx Technologies) By Andrew Liszewski

Like many people I’m not fond of going to the hospital even if I’m just visiting people. But thinking back I can’t recall any reason or situation that would have caused this. On the other hand I have no problem with getting shots even though that’s a pretty common fear.

Hoping to reassure worried patients and to make the nursing staff’s job a bit easier Luminetx (I think I’ve typed that wrong at least 5 times this article) has developed the VeinViewer which is a pretty slick machine that makes finding a vein for administering a shot a cinch. Here’s how it works. First a light source emits a harmless, near infra-red beam that only gets bounced back by the tissue surrounding a vein. A video camera then captures this reflected near infra-red light and an image processing unit boosts the contrast. A TI DLP projector then projects this image back onto the skin as an easy to interpret visual overlay. Random stabbings into the arm of a patient will be a thing of the past!

And while that image makes it look like a near fatal level of radiation is being administered the device is actually pretty harmless.

[ Luminetx VeinViewer ] VIA [ Gear Live ]







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