15 March 2007
Technology for bloodsuckers
I dread getting bloodwork: it's not so much that I swoon at the sight of bodily fluids (though I will happily look at the opposite wall when given the opportunity), but that it's so darn hard to find a convenient vein. Most of the time, it takes two tries; more than once it's taken three.
The VeinViewer from Luminetx was invented a couple of years ago to address this issue, and it's now available to healthcare professionals at retail. Using near-infrared light to spot the blood vessels and a computer-assisted imaging system to project the locations directly on the patient's skin, it's the next best thing to X-ray vision: it shows exactly where the veins are located, saving both time and unnecessary sticks. I'm sort of hoping my doctor reads this, and sort of surprised I didn't call this "You're So Vein" or something similarly silly.
(Via Popgadget.)Posted at 7:36 PM to Entirely Too Cool