Robotic Blood Sample System

Robotic Blood Sample System
A robotic blood sampling device could help speed the process of blood draws while reducing human error.

Developed by a team from Rutgers University, the system is equipped with a ‘venipuncture robot’ that locates the vein using an image-guidance system that includes near-infrared (NIR) and ultrasound imaging. Once the blood has been drawn, the sample is placed in a centrifuge where it is separated and analyzed using a microfluidic platform.

In tests using artificial arms, the venipuncture robot was able to puncture the sample veins with 100 percent accuracy, and the team believes the system could eventually be used to complete a broader panel of tests.

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