Biomedical research grant awardee 2020

Advanced 3D Vein Viewer: Painless Peripheral IV Access for Pediatric and Geriatric Patients

Dr Vandana Sharma

Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH), Hyderabad

Introducing a cutting-edge 3D Vein Viewer module that revolutionizes peripheral IV Intra-Venous access for pediatric and geriatric patients. Our device not only images the peripheral vein mapping underneath the human skin but also accurately determines the depth of the vein vessel from the top of the skin with micro-meter precision.

Our patented integration of Mie-Scattering with imaging provides a maximal likelihood estimate of the depth of the vein, while Near Infrared Radiation (NIR) penetrates deeper into tissues to provide 2D images of the subcutaneous vascular network. Our in-vivo optical coherence tomography (OCT) based mapping of the skin takes into account physiological variations such as skin tone in the population. With these state-of-the-art optical technologies combined, our proposed vein locator is a single compact, mobile device that will reduce the number of false trials and multiple needle penetrations during IV therapy. This innovative device will help medical staff to minimize bruising and damage for patients, especially infants and the elderly, ensuring a comfortable and painless experience during IV therapy.


Dr. Mahati Chittem

Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH), Hyderabad

Dr. Veenith N Balasubramanian

Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH), Hyderabad


India is rapidly transforming into a dynamic hub of intellectual innovation and discovery. To support the science and technology ecosystem in the country, the Sree Padmavathi Venkateswara Foundation has created peer- reviewed funding programs that recognize exceptional researchers with the potential to achieve ground-breaking results in areas of critical national
importance. Our foundation provides these researchers with generous funding and empowering mentorship to generate knowledge and develop sustainable solutions of the highest quality, particularly in the fields of biomedical and agricultural research. We also work on projects to deploy advanced knowledge and improve the income of small and marginal farmers. We believe that by working together, we can create sustainable solutions that will benefit not only India but also the world.

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