VeinViewer Projects Your Veins On Skin So Doctors Don't Miss With Needles

March 11, 2015


VeinViewer is a handheld system developed by the Christie Medical Holdings company that uses near-infrared light to detect the location of a patient's veins, then project them on the skin in real time so doctors and nurses don't miss when they stick you. Personally I've never had a problem with doctors and nurses finding my veins, but that's because they stick out like...I dunno, above ground tree roots? Grosser looking than that though. Usually by the time the nurse comments on how ripe my veins are for sticking I've already passed out and fallen off the exam table. I don't like getting stuck with needles. Or knives and swords, just so we're clear.

Keep going for one more shot and a video of the system in action.


Thanks to Marissa, who mentioned being a nurse and can hopefully get me in this afternoon to have somebody look at this rash.

  • Sebastiann Eleganté Neely

    As someone who has to get stuck multiple times when selling plasma, I'm all for this.

  • Spencer Charczuk

    Hasn't this technology been around for a while? In Milwaukee at Discovery World they've had a vein finder for years, as an educational device. You put your arm or hand under a device and you can look directly at the screen over said appendage and see the veins/arteries. Granted it did not project the image, but I'm sure having the image projected to the skin, rather than visible on a screen is not a giant leap in technology.

  • marq

    I drew blood for 6 years in an ER and we got something similar to this. I tried using it several times and it never helped. My fingers and experience are better then something like this. I also didn't know anyone that found them useful. Ultrasound on the other hand is great, but that takes time and can be cumbersome and takes more time.

  • crudites

    You will never visit a hospital or clinic that uses this. I've only been doing this type of work for a year or so but in that time it's clear to me this thing is totally unnecessary. It exists to calm the nerves of hysterical people who are afraid of needles. Even if you can see the vein it is likely going to move around when you attempt to puncture it. Success is still largely dependent on the technique of the person performing the procedure. Looks cool, though.

  • Thor

    My hospital owns 3.

  • Thor

    It works but it's far from fool-proof. Not as useful as you would think. It's a cool toy and mostly becomes useful with small children and infants. Also, Doctors rarely (except in private practice) perform venipuncture.

  • Dave

    We tried a prototype years ago. I completely agree with you. Touching the skin with your finger is still the best way to locate a vain.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    This is cool and all but I'm afraid that if professionals get too used to this it will affect their efficiency in case of a catastrophe.

  • Jenness

    You must worry a whole lot about a lot of things, don't you?

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Yes... It is not a healthy habit.

  • adam3w

    My wife works in a phlebotomy lab (the place where they draw blood for testing) and most phlebotomists refuse to use these. The preferred method is palpating the vein, which provides much more info, like vein depth and mobility and vein wall strength. I agree the technology in this post is really cool, but the old-fashioned way actually works a lot better. (Doctors don't do sticks, and nurses generally have enough experience that they know how to properly locate a vein.)

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