The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

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


You artery be ashamed of yourself.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:47 PM on 15 March 2007

Aorta pop you one for that.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:49 PM on 15 March 2007

I expected comments in this vein.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 8:00 PM on 16 March 2007

Now for a serious question. How does it work with people who have rolling vains as they are called?
That is the problem I have and it cracks me up when they say, I see where they stuck you before how could they miss?

Posted by: anomdragon at 4:13 PM on 20 March 2007