The Medical Technology company Luminetx has begun shipping the VeinViewer, an instrument that uses infrared light to clearly project the location of veins onto the surface of skin. Although the VeinViewer can be used to find veins for drawing blood and inserting IV's, its main purpose is to assist with difficult procedures that require a great deal of precision, like inserting catheters and removing varicose and spider veins. It has also been suggested that VeinViewer could be used to find the fragile, elusive veins of children, the eldery, and unconscious fans. The VeinViewer is currently priced at $25,000, so it may take a while before you see one in your neighborhood doctor's office.
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