X-Ray glasses have a flimsy reputation, always relegated to the pages of science fiction or the discount bins at Mario’s magic shop. However, a new pair of medical specs could truly allow users to see beneath the skin.
Evena Medical, a Silicon Valley based imaging technology firm, has created the Eyes-On Glasses System, allowing doctors to look under patients’ skin to find hard-to-locate veins for IV treatments.
The head-mounted display is equipped with vascular imaging technology, which nurses and medical professionals normally have to cart around as a stand-alone device. By integrating that tech into the glasses, the hands-free system projects overlays of digital content onto the user’s field of vision.
“Studies have shown that up to 40 percent of IV starts require multiple attempts to locate and access a vein, which not only wastes valuable nursing time but also delays therapy and causes patient discomfort and dissatisfaction,” said Frank Ball, Evena Medical President and CEO, said in a statement. “With Evena’s Eyes-On Glasses, nurses can quickly and easily locate and access the best veins for each patient — even in challenging clinical environments such as pediatric or neonatal units.”
The glasses also include digital storage for easy verification and documentation of vein condition throughout the patient’s hospital stay. Telemedicine features allow the system to share images remotely. As well, the Eyes-On Glasses can interface with electronic medical records for seamless documentation.
Evena is currently presenting the glasses at this year’s Medica conference in Dusseldorf. Curious attendees who want to check out the X-ray, vein-finding experience can wander over to Hall 15, Booth C03 in the Wearables Pavilion.