Near-infrared vein finder

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Near-infrared vein finder, sold under the brand names VeinViewer and Accuvein, are devices used to try to increase the ability of healthcare providers to see veins.[1] They use near-infrared light reflection to create a map of the veins.[1] Initial evidence, however, has not found that they increase the success of starting intravenous catheters.[1] The machines in the United States cost about $15,000 as of 2015.[2]

Luminetx introduced a device called VeinViewer in 2006,[3] and Accuvein introduced a product called Accuvein in 2008.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c Jöhr, M; Berger, TM (June 2015). "Venous access in children: state of the art". Current Opinion in Anesthesiology. 28 (3): 314–20. doi:10.1097/aco.0000000000000181. PMID 25827277.
  2. ^ Hawley, Catherine (30 June 2015). "New technology making it easier to find veins on children in Howard County". Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Reality, only better". The Economist. 6 December 2007.
  4. ^ Wilemon, Tom (August 4, 2009). "Luminetx Competitor Agrees To License VeinViewer Patent". Memphis Daily News.
  5. ^ Rowe, Aaron (November 2, 2011). "Breakthrough Medical Gadgets: The Future of Healthcare Hardware". Wired.