Doctor Wearing Google Glass Live Streams Surgery


A surgeon in Ohio wearing Google Glass live streamed a knee surgery to remote colleagues, demonstrating how the medical world can use wearable technology like Glass.

Dr. Christopher Kaeding, a surgeon at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, was performing a surgery on a 47-year-old patient’s injured knee ligament, during this milestone event. Kaeding wore Google Glass during the surgery to show his live point-of-view to people miles away, according to the university statement.


Kaeding’s Ohio State colleagues and several medical students watched the surgery on video from different locations in Columbus, Ohio.

“To be honest, once we got into the surgery, I often forgot the device was there,” Dr. Kaeding said in a news release. “It just seemed very intuitive and fit seamlessly.”

Glass’ potential for doctors goes beyond the ability for remote observation and collaboration with colleagues anywhere in the world. University officials said experts believe doctors could use Glass during surgery for calling up X-rays, viewing patient MRIs and referencing other reports and materials.

Developers are already tapping into Glass’ potential for the medical community. The MedRef for Glass app was designed for hospital employees and uses facial-recognition technology to pull patient information.


Images: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center


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