Google Glass: Surgery Tool Of The Future?

Glass Surgery

Ohio State University

A surgeon transmitted the first Google Glass video of a live surgery to colleagues and med students across town.

We’ve been waiting for a while to figure out what practical uses will come out of Google Glass, besides, of course, making dudes look silly. And aha! A surgeon at The Ohio State University used his Google Glass to beam a colleague into an ACL repair surgery, plus allow medical students to watch the surgery from his particular point of view.

Christopher Kaeding, Ohio State’s director of sports medicine, got a hold of the futuristic eyewear through Ismail Nabeel, an assistant professor of general internal medicine at the school. Nabeel was one of the 1,000 elite applicants chosen to participate in the Google Glass Explorer program, and decided to partner with Kaeding to test out his new toy.

Seeing a live feed of a surgery from the surgeon’s perspective seems a whole lot more useful to a medical student than observing in-person, where much of the nitty-gritty of the procedure is obscured by the people actually operating on the patient. It could potentially be used by a surgeon to bring up x-ray images or patient reports during an operation, too.

And apparently, it’s pretty unobtrusive. Kaeding reported it “seemed very intuitive and fit seamlessly.”

Check out the video below for more:

[Ohio State University]


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