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Surgeon livestreams operation to medical students via Google Glass

By Shawn Knight · 13 replies
Aug 29, 2013
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  1. A surgeon at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center recently performed a routine surgery while wearing Google Glass. The technology allowed Dr. Christopher Kaeding to live stream the procedure to a group of students on the other side of town...

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  2. Mandark

    Mandark TS Booster Posts: 76   +22

    Finally!! a GOOD use for these!
  3. That is a very cool way of using this tech. not only do the studends get to see but they really see what the doc is focusing on. Being in the same romm to watch would not necesarely mean your looking at the right spot! . I wondew if he could use the camera to zoom an area and display it in one eye?
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,453   +1,732

    And then your man goes like "Oh yeah, that was a tough one, gotta go take a dump now....", all the while still wearing the goggles without realizing it... That'll make a popular video, alright...
  5. This is the best use of these yet considering they have been able to record a operation before.
  6. It doesn't record 24/7, you must tell it when to start and stop. And, don't tell me anyone is stupid enough to not notice in front of his eyes that the glass says recording, and a red light is on.
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,837   +1,180

    Yeah, cool 'n all, but considering the technology in an operating room like cameras for scopes and lasers for internal cutting, you'd think they could figure out how to strap a camera to a doctor's head before Glass came along. The point of Glass is the Heads Up Display, not so much the camera. If Glass could display patient vitals to the Dr. while operating that'd be more newsworthy.

    Maybe I'm being a cynic, but I expect Google searched for a surgeon in a teaching hospital who'd be willing to do this and gave him a free Glass to help promote it. Of course the response to that is 'so what', the kids learn, the Dr. looks cool, and Google's product is demonstrated in a useful way.

    I'm also not a medical student or a Dr. so I don't get the point of doing it live. It's not like the Dr. is answering questions during the surgery from the class... the class may as well watch it recorded afterward with the Dr. available for narration/explanation. I'd bet this surgery was recorded and will be shown to another class who won't miss out on anything just because it wasn't live. Maybe someone with some experience can explain the benefit of it being a live showing.
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  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,162   +3,259

    I can see this being another reason to make tuition cost higher, than they already are.
  9. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,161   +548

    Someone finally found a USEFUL use for this stupid idea. POV on things like this is a great
    way to use this technology, not the crap that everyone does with it now.
  10. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,632   +689

    OK...now that makes sense! I could see this in other practical applications too like engineering, chemistry, etc.
  11. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Posts: 185   +13

    Nice. that is epic
  12. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +131

    Too bad this won't become the norm because of:
    -Patient Confidentiality
    -Potential to record the doctor doing something wrong leading to lawsuit
    -Recording the doctor doing something right, but another doctor hired by another lawyer testifies that he would have done it differently and stupid american juries will believe doctor hired by lawyer, resulting in lawsuits
    -Expense to hospitals

    All of the above are why operating rooms don't have cameras to begin with.

    However, I think eventually all doctors will wear these for the HUD. Google-glass with the camera taped over.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  13. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Finally a good use. Google should market this to professionals rather than the public.
  14. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Posts: 185   +13

    I agree with that. I think the professional world will get better use out of it than the average joe.

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