Surgery broadcasted live online using Google Glass

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by Kate Heslop| 15 January 2014

Surgeon uses Google Glass to record and broadcast operation live online and view x-rays and MRIs simultaneously.

A surgeon has successfully used Google Glass to help perform foot and ankle surgery, which was broadcasted live on the Internet.

The surgery was performed during a three day annual Indo-US conference. Dr Selene G. Parekh performed the surgery on Saturday, and found Google Glass to be an interesting tool in the medical field.

Dr Parekh told CBR that he believes Google Glass will "allow surgeons to collaborate, educate, and teach more easily. I think it will improve outcomes and patient success."

Using Google Glass during operations allows the surgeon to look at an x-ray or MRI without moving away from the patient. It also allows the surgeon to communicate with staff and the patient's friends and family during an operation.

It is predicted that Google Glass could be used as an educational tool, as Dr Parekh believes it "will help surgeons in difficult cases, rare cases, or surgeons learning new surgeries."

This is only the third time that Google Glass has been used by a surgeon during a procedure. In July 2013, orthopaedic surgeon Dr Gil Ortega streamed a live procedure using Glasster Streamer and in September an Indian doctor used Google Glass when performing an upper gastro-intestinal laparoscopy procedure.

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