Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Google Glass is being used in operating rooms - A gastroenterologist performs laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery and hernia repair in Chennai. The glass could prove useful in India's remote areas so that rural doctors can be 'monitored and tech-assisted'.

Chennai (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Dr J S Rajkumar became the third doctor in the world to use Google Glass in two surgeries. A gastroenterologist and chief surgeon at Lifeline Rigid Hospital, Dr Rajkumar used the augmented reality glass in an upper gastro-intestinal laparoscopy procedure on a 45-year-old man and a hernia repair on a 42-year-old woman. Google glass was used only twice before, in the United States.

Google Glass is a wearable computer that works like a hands-free smartphone, moving with commands from the users eyes and head movements.

The glass has proved useful in the operating room for its ability to capture and transmit in real time what surgeons are doing, giving medical students an opportunity to learn "through" the eyes of their teacher.   More