Surgical first: Scottsdale doc uses Google Glass during procedure
Google Glass is a hands-free computer worn like a pair of eyeglasses. (Source: CBS News)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -
A Scottsdale orthopedic surgeon broke new ground when he used Google's latest innovation to record and stream a surgical procedure Wednesday.
Dr. Gil Ortega used Google Glass, a hands-free computer worn like a pair of eyeglasses, during surgery to repair a knee fracture at Scottsdale Healthcare-Osborn Medical Center.
Ortega was chosen by Google earlier this year for its Glass Explorer program to test the device before its release to the public, according to a Scottsdale Healthcare news release.
The surgery was broadcast to orthopedic trauma fellows, residents, medical students and other orthopedic surgeons in the United States and was the first of its kind, according to the release.
The technology includes Glasster Streamer, the first platform capable of real-time streaming video.
"I think Google Glass has great potential for use in healthcare and hopefully documenting and sharing this procedure will demonstrate that," Ortega said. "This technology allows for the video to be recorded from the surgeon's viewpoint so you can see exactly what I see as I'm doing it. This could play a huge role in how we use video footage for medical education and intra-operative consultations."
Google Glass shares and displays information on the eyeglass frame in a format similar to a smartphone that interacts with the internet through voice commands, according to the release.
The technology also utilizes a touchpad, microphone and other features built into spectacle frames that sit in front of the user's field of vision, according to the release.
It is designed to record video, take photographs, search the internet and translate language without obstructing vision, according to the release.
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