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Optical Imaging Penetrates Just Deep Enough

January 10, 2014
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Sometimes, you need to image only skin deep. That’s the premise of new goggles that allow clear views of the vascular system just under the skin—the better to precisely target a needle in search of a vein.

Evena Medical of Los Altos, California, introduced its Eyes-On Glasses last fall. The product has been making a splash this week via the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Ben Popper, business editor of the tech media website The Verge, explained how it functions in a video from the CES floor:

The glasses are actually multispectral. They’re pulsing four different kinds of light back and forth and combining those into one composite image that has great detail on your vascularity.

Popper was impressed. “I can see all of my veins in great detail. … Definitely cool technology that can help us all.”

Evena says the device is designed to make it easier to find a vein on the first stick. It also can check for IV leakage.

“Studies have shown that up to 40 percent of IV starts require multiple attempts to locate and access a vein,” said Frank Ball, the company’s president and CEO, in a statement. He said the new glasses would allow health care providers to “quickly and easily locate and access the best veins for each patient—even in challenging clinical environments such as pediatric or neonatal units.”

The product page on the company’s website says the Eyes-On Glasses are “hands-free, cart-free, wearable” and can interface with PACS and electronic medical records. They look a bit like a snorkeler’s mask; kids may find them either hilarious or terrifying. No doubt later models will be sleeker.

Production is supposed to start in April. Projected price: about $10,000

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