Now appearing in operating theaters: Google Glass

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Christopher Kaeding adjusts Google Glass before operating
Christopher Kaeding adjusts Google Glass before operating

In addition to donning scrubs before entering the OR, several surgeons have slipped on Google Glass, the augmented-reality enabling goggles.

One general/trauma surgeon, who blogs at rgrosssz.wordpress.com, described using Glass while inserting a patient's PEG tube. Images, sans the patient's face, were beamed to an iPad. “I was able to show not just the patient's abdomen, but also the endoscopic view, in a very clever, simple and inexpensive way,” he wrote.

A cardiothoracic surgeon at UCSF Medical Center used Glass to compare a patient's CAT scan images with what he was seeing in front of him. “He likened the experience to driving a car and glancing in the rearview mirror,” reported Fast Company's Fast CoExist blog, based on the doctor's talk at Rock Health's Health Innovation Summit.

Surgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center crowed about an ACL repair that they transmitted live.

“Once we got into the surgery, I often forgot the device was there,” said the surgeon, Dr. Christopher Kaeding, as reported by the university.

“We're very excited about the opportunities this device could provide for education,” said Wexner's chief innovation officer, Dr. Clay Marsh. “Beyond that, it could be a game-changer for the doctor during the surgery itself.”
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