Student of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Trivikram Annamalai won the award for the research project Design of Low Cost Infrared Vein Detector. He carried his project work under guidance of Prof. Purba Joshi and Prof. B. K. Chakravarthy.
A study states that for 16 out of every 100 patients it is difficult to spot veins and they have to undergo multiple vein punctures to find the correct vein -This problem is even more profound in cases of children, dark skinned, obese and elderly people which is painful and leads to rashes/marks on patient’s skin. The current products in market which address this issue are extremely expensive, not hygienic, complex to use and bulky. The proposed solution tries to solve the above mentioned issues- while also being ergonomic and aesthetically designed. The device works based on NIR spectroscopy, where infrared waves are absorbed differently by oxygenated and de-oxygenated blood in the veins there by appearing darker – this helps the doctors and nurses to locate the veins easily and conduct one successful veni puncture instead of multiple painful ones. The designed device would bring affordable healthcare to the bottom of the pyramid and immensely benefit small clinics and hospitals, blood banks, blood test labs, etc. In delivering effective medical treatment.
The Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind awarded the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award to Trivikram Annamalai, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay at the GYTI 2018 Awards function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan on March 19, 2018.