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Let the line shine through: Lighting the way for complicated IV lines

A fiber optic tube like this could help make it much easier for doctors to place PICC lines and other catheters deep within the body.

The idea first came to Farhad Imam, MD, PhD, eight years ago as a trainee after a 30-hour shift.

Imam was helping care for a baby with particularly complex needs and who needed to have several IV lines inserted. The baby started having complications related to one of those lines, a deeply threaded one called a peripherally inserted central catheter, or PICC line, which had gone astray and had to be repositioned.

Walking out of the hospital at his shift’s end, Imam found himself wishing there were an easy way to visualize, in real time, the progress of lines that advance deep into the body through a child’s veins.

If only we could make these lines light up, he thought to himself….

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