Step Aside Google Glass: California Company Invents, Releases X-Ray Glasses
Superhero comic book fans rejoice.
From Superman to cult film classics like The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, the idea of being able to see through things has tugged on the strings of human imagination for decades. And now, a recent product launched by Evena Medical, a Silicon Valley-based imaging technology firm, has promised to make the incredible, banal. They've invented X-ray glasses that work.
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Well, sort of.
Evena's new Eyes-on-Glasses, created in partnership with Epson, enable medical professionals to peer beneath a patient's skin — not clear to their bones. The point is to help medical practioners find veins and other vascular structures to better insert IVs, particularly in challenging environments. For example, the glasses could make accessing the often tiny veins of babies and small children in neonatal and pediatric units much easier.
"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 in a statement. Eyes-On Glasses can potentially reduce that rate. Its ability to record patient information provides easily accessible verification and documentation of vein patency (i.e., rate of vein obstruction) throughout a patient's stay.
The device works by incorporating 3D imaging and wireless connectictivity to project an overlay of digital content onto the real-world in the center of the wearer's field of view. The blend of the physical and digital worlds is arguably more useful than each would be alone, illustrating that interactive glasses technology can have a number of medical and therapeutic uses.
We're still waiting on real X-ray glasses and/or innate the ability to see through walls, but in the interim Eyes-On Glasses is still pretty cool.
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