New imaging device used for vein mapping
Andover, Mass.-based Diomed, a developer of minimally invasive medical technologies, recently released a tool called VeinViewer Imaging System that is able to provide images of veins to assist caregivers in administering treatments or drawing blood, especially in cases of chronically ill patients, the Boston Globe reports. The device uses pulsating near-infrared light to essentially draw a map of veins on the skin so that needle sticks are more accurate and as a result less painful for patients. Currently, VeinViewer is in use at 30 healthcare facilities in the United States, one of which is outpatient facility Brigham and Women’s Vein Care Center located in Boston that uses the device to treat individuals with varicose veins and spider veins. The technology was originally developed by Luminetx Technologies in Tennessee.