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Dermatol Surg. 2006 Aug;32(8):1031-8.

Vein imaging: a new method of near infrared imaging, where a processed image is projected onto the skin for the enhancement of vein treatment.

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Clinica Miyake, Sao Paulo, Brazil. kasuomiyake@hotmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A new noninvasive vein imaging device initially developed for phlebotomy has been tested for the first time for vein treatment. This unique device captures a near infrared vein image, processes it, and projects it onto the skin using green light.

OBJECTIVE:

To perform the first clinical tests of the device in phlebology.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A pilot study on 23 subjects with varicose veins and telangiectasias was performed. The VeinViewer prototype (V-V-P; Luminetx Corp., Memphis, TN) was tested in five situations: diagnosing feeder veins with the V-V-P, comparison between the V-V-P and ultrasound, marking varicose veins with or without the device, phlebectomy using the V-V-P, and the use of laser and sclerotherapy guided by the V-V-P.

RESULTS:

One hundred percent of subjects had feeder veins identified by the V-V-P. The ultrasound machine detected fewer feeder veins than the V-V-P, and the device identified more veins than the naked eye in all subjects. The V-V-P could help in finding feeder veins during phlebectomy and in guiding laser and sclerotherapy treatments.

CONCLUSION:

The device could identify veins that were invisible to the naked eye and too shallow for ultrasound detection. The V-V-P may help find feeder veins and may also help various types of vein treatments.

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