Google Glass in surgery provides a lesson for medical students

August 27, 2013
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Google Glass looks to have once again gone inside the operating room. We first saw Glass being used during a procedure back in June when it was used during a PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy) procedure. That one was described as being “simple and commonly performed." This latest is from Dr. Christopher Kaeding who used Glass during an ACL surgery procedure.

Perhaps more important here, while Kaeding was wearing Glass during the procedure, he was doing so in an attempt to allow others to view the procedure. It was said that a colleague and several students were able to view the procedure on their laptops from across town.

Seems like using Google Glass in this manner could make for a good learning experience. In fact, Ryan Blackwell, one of the students that watched spoke about how having this opportunity as a medical student is "really exciting." While Kaeding was wearing Glass during the entire procedure, it seems it didn't both him at all.

More to that point, he spoke about how once they got into the procedure he "often forgot the device was there." Of course,while he was able to put Glass to the side and not have it get in the way, there is another potential use during cases like this.

Moving forward Google Glass could be used to help doctors collaborate with colleagues during a procedure and also be used to pull up other important items such as x-ray images or other reports dealing with the patients history.

VIA: 9to5Google

SOURCE: My FOX NY


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  • Victor Stuber

    Glass is being used as a headcam. Big whoop we’ve had these for ages. The surgeon could also strap a GoPro on a helmet for all I care. I wish Google would focus on the functionality of glass rather than showing off that it’s a good camera.

    • Brian

      While I can’t see a use for Google Glass personally, I can definitely see how this is better than using a GoPro strapped to ones head. Mostly in comfort and perspective. I wonder how he circumvented the battery and recording limitations though. Not used one myself, but I thought that it could only record about 20 minutes at a time and the battery itself only worked for about an hour. Maybe recording takes less power, or maybe procedures are shorter than I thought. :)