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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 9 — Sep. 4, 2009

3D and Multispectral Imaging for Subcutaneous Veins Detection

Vincent C. Paquit, Kenneth W. Tobin, Jeffery R. Price, and Fabrice Mériaudeau  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 14, pp. 11360-11365 (2009)

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The first and perhaps most important phase of a surgical procedure is the insertion of an intravenous (IV) catheter. Currently, this is performed manually by trained personnel. In some visions of future operating rooms, however, this process is to be replaced by an automated system. Experiments to determine the best NIR wavelengths to optimize vein contrast for physiological differences such as skin tone and/or the presence of hair on the arm or wrist surface are presented. For illumination our system is composed of a mercury arc lamp coupled to a 10nm band-pass spectrometer. A structured lighting system is also coupled to our multispectral system in order to provide 3D information of the patient arm orientation. Images of each patient arm are captured under every possible combinations of illuminants and the optimal combination of wavelengths for a given subject to maximize vein contrast using linear discriminant analysis is determined.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(100.0100) Image processing : Image processing
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: February 12, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 13, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 15, 2009
Published: June 23, 2009

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Vol. 4, Iss. 9 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Vincent C. Paquit, Kenneth W. Tobin, Jeffery R. Price, and Fabrice Mèriaudeau, "3D and multispectral imaging for subcutaneous veins detection," Opt. Express 17, 11360-11365 (2009)

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