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."
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Besides training - think of the legal ramifications for defense against a malpractice suit. Video evidence of EXACTLY what the physician saw.
" It could potentially be used by a surgeon to bring up x-ray images or patient reports during an operation, too. " I think that a monitor off to the side would still be more practical than through the lens, but you never know.
yeah thats what its good for.
Specially if the video is securely streamed and can be reviewed incase surgeon made a mistake/malpracticed.
The hud could provide information about patients status instead - heartrate for example.
Similary - police work and other sensitive jobs where malpractice/abuse can be easily hidden.
Actually, the first surgery streamed using google glass happended two months ago. A chondrocite implant performed in Clinica CEMTRO, Spain, was broadcasted to Stanford University, from where Dr. Homero Rivas was able to participate on the surgery.
Robots are the surgeons of the future.
"Do not try and bend the spoon. That is impossible. Only try and realize the truth - there is no spoon."
Brilliant! Very smart application of the technology. I always have my doubts about google glass but this one's a great use of it.