What Is Vein Visualization?

Vein visualization is a medical technology that shows a clinician the location of peripheral veins. It’s sometimes called vein illumination or a vein finder. Modern vein visualization devices are hand-held and do not come in contact with the patient.

The most capable devices use Augmented Reality (AR) to project the vein pattern back onto the patient’s skin. AR is a technology that enhances what you see with the naked eye to give you more information about what you’re looking at.

All vein visualization devices rely on the principle that the hemoglobin in the blood absorbs infrared light more than the surrounding tissues in the body. Infrared is invisible to the human eye, so the device needs to take the vein image that it detects and re-project it back onto the patient in a visible color to become visible to the clinician.

NextVein V800NV Augmented Reality Vein Projection – Dark Veins, White Background
NextVein V800NV Augmented Reality Vein Projection – Green Veins, Dark Background
NextVein V800NV Augmented Reality Vein Projection – Small Area, Green Veins, Dark Background

The NextVein Advantage

“NextVein’s vein visualization system uses advanced technology to provide clinicians with a detailed and accurate view of the veins in a patient’s body. Our system uses infrared light and an infrared-sensitive camera to detect the vein pattern, and then applies advanced algorithms to highlight the vein location.

A microprojector then projects the vein pattern onto the patient’s skin, aligning the image seen by the camera with the enhanced image from the projector. This ensures that the vein pattern is crisp, clear, and accurate. The camera and projector are fully digital, with no moving parts, making the system quick, easy, and reliable.

With NextVein, clinicians can quickly and confidently locate veins, providing their patients with the best possible care. Our system is portable, easy to use, and provides a detailed and accurate view of the veins, making it a valuable tool for any clinician who needs to visualize veins.

Economic Benefits

  • Reduction in material waste
  • Improvement in patient satisfaction scores
  • Reduction in unreimbursed escalations
  • Reduction in clinical workload

Clinical Benefits

  • Increase in 1st stick success
  • Reduction in number of sticks
  • Reduction in total sticks
  • Reduction in patient pain
  • Increase in catheter dwell time
  • Reduction in escalations
  • Reduction in PICC escalations

Patient Benefits

  • Reduction in number of sticks
  • Reduction in patient pain
  • Higher satisfaction

How Does Vein Visualization Work?