Google Glass used in the OR for the first time

Google Glass used in the OR for the first time
Dr. Rafael Grossman, wearing Google Glass in the OR

Dr. Rafael Grossman, wearing Google Glass in the OR

Here's a little story for all of those detractors who say that Google Glass is nothing more than way to secretly take pictures and video of people hanging around in shady bars. Dr. Rafael Grossmann, of the Eastern Maine Medical Center, just used the device to help him record a surgical procedure. The patient had given his consent, so there was nothing sinister going on. And Dr. Grossman made sure that nothing that could identify the patient was recorded or transmitted.

The surgery, known as a gastrostomy, was performed to place a feeding tube inside the patient and was done endoscopically. Even the patient's face was blocked from view. The Doctor set up a Google Glass Hangout which connected to an Apple iPad which received the live streaming feed from the Google Glass device that he wore. According to Dr. Grossman, this was the first time that Google Glass had been used in an operating room.

The patient survived the surgery and there were no complications, which means that we should see more Google Glass wearing surgeons in the future. While Dr. Grossman picked a simple and commonly done procedure to test out Google Glass in the OR, this could be just the beginning of Google Glass becoming normal surgical equipment.


source: @ZGJR via PCMag

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12 Comments

1. ardiralph

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

I wish i had one and i am not a surgeon haha

2. kozza3

Posts: 777; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

beautiful way to use the device we need more of this

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now that's what I'm talking about. Tech being used to help save lives, iPads in the dr. office, glass in the OR...nice.

4. amancarlos

Posts: 42; Member since: May 09, 2012

there is a serious lack of useful medical apps on all mobile platforms.

5. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Very true, blame the devs and OS ™

6. androidhater

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 22, 2013

Thats Great!!!

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"The Doctor set up a Google Glass Hangout which connected to an Apple iPad which received the live streaming feed from the Google Glass device that he wore." Fanboys take notes....nothing wrong with appreciating and using whatever device, OS, ect you want to use.

8. sudhiir.reddy

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

Live sex porn business is waiting for this products...

9. voxmarc

Posts: 336; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

then the patients woke up with google now voice and an ass that records video.

10. twens

Posts: 1165; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Soon windows 8 tablets will occupy the office. Thanks to Intel Haswell.

11. MyJobSux

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Now you can review your surgery and see the doctor sneeze while performing some type of open whatever surgery, HAHA. Its not funny but just think if the doctor was going over your sucessfull surgery and all the sudden he sneezed and his mask fell off...then you would know why you had the flu after the surgery. Just something to think about.

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

now this is a AWESOME STORY.

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