DSCC 2013 Paper Abstract


Paper MoCT5.4

Chang, Yen-Chi (University of California, Los Angeles), Berry-Pusey, Brittany (Crump Insitute for Molecular Imaging University of California, L), Tsao, Tsu-Chin (University of California Los Angeles), Chatziioannou, Arion (Crump Insitute for Molecular Imaging, University of California L)

Real-Time Image Processing for Locating Veins in Mouse Tails

Scheduled for presentation during the Invited session "Instrumentation and Characterization in Bio-Systems" (MoCT5), Monday, October 21, 2013, 17:00−17:20, Tent B

6th Annual Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, October 21-23, 2020, Stanford University, Munger Center, Palo Alto, CA

This information is tentative and subject to change. Compiled on October 30, 2020

Keywords Biomedical, Medical Robotics, Optimization


This paper develops an efficient vision-based real-time vein detection algorithm for preclinical vascular insertions. Mouse tail vein injections perform a routine but critical step in most preclinical applications. Compensating for poor manual injection stability and high skill requirements, Vascular Access System (VAS) has been developed so a trained technician can manually command the system to perform needle insertions and monitor the operation through a near-infrared camera. However, VASí vein detection algorithm requires much computation and is, therefore, difficult to reflect the real-time tail movement during an insertion. Furthermore, the detection performance is of-ten disturbed by tail hair and skin pigmentation. In this work, an effective noise filtering algorithm is proposed based on con-vex optimization. Effectively eliminating false-positive detections and preserving cross-sectional continuity, this algorithm provides vein detection results approximately every 200 ms at the presence of tail hair and skin pigmentation. This developed real-time tail vein detection method is able to capture the tail movement during insertion, therefore allow for the development of an automated Vascular Access System (A-VAS) for preclinical injections.


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