Thursday, February 6, 2014

GOOGLE GLASS ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY - Dr. in the US and patient in India

Live streaming to the patient’s family?
U.S.-based Indian orthopedic surgeon Selen G. Parekh, M.D., wearing Google Glass, performed a successful foot and ankle surgery on a patient in Jaipur, according to a report from Reuters. Parekh performed the surgery during a three day annual Indo-U.S. medical and technology conference.
The conference chair, Ashish Sharma, M.D. said that Google Glass allows a surgeon to look at an X-ray or MRI without taking his eye off the patient. It also allows the doctor to communicate with the patient’s family during the procedure.
“The image, which the doctor sees through Google Glass, will be broadcasted on the Internet. It’s an amazing technology. Earlier, during surgeries, to show something to another doctor, we had to keep moving and the cameraman had to move as well to take different angles. Doing this, there are chances of infection. In this technology, the image seen by the doctor using Google Glass will be seen by everyone throughout the world,” Sharma said.
Sharma believes the device will revolutionize surgery and can be used to teach procedures to surgeons without their being present or part of the operating team. Since Google Glass is easily accessible through the Internet, doctors from any place on the globe can give their input. The device can take photos and videos and follow voice commands.
Another doctor in India became the first in that country to perform surgery wearing the Google Glass. He live-streamed an upper gastrointestinal laparoscopy procedure to medical students seated two blocks away. Google has distributed a quantity of the glasses for testing before making them generally available.

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