Shunal DokeSep 18, 2013 11:15:14 IST
First a surgeon from the Ohio State University and now one in India; surgeons are increasingly seeing the potential of using Google Glass during their surgeries. The latest one is Chennai-based Dr JS Rajkumar, according to Hindustan Times, who became the second surgeon on the planet to use Glass while operating on a patient.
Two surgeries were performed with Glass equipped in Chennai's Lifeline Hospital—one on a 43-year-old man for severe heart burn and one on a 46-year-old woman for surgical hernia which was developed after undergoing a bariatric surgery. The surgeries were being watched by medical students through live streaming thanks to Glass.
Not pictured: surgery
“We at Lifeline have always been ahead technologically and this was just another such attempt,” said Dr Rajkumar. “As a surgeon I could access whatever information was available on the surgery right inside the operation theatre, and it is also a boon for medical students who can watch the surgery live on their computer screens anywhere in the world. Expert surgeons can guide surgeons during difficult surgeries from any part of the world.”
Rajkumar goes on to explain how nervous he was during the surgeries because he knew how many people were watching. “I was a wee bit nervous initially, which was obvious, considering I was aware the whole world was watching. But it was a trial run and there will be more surgeries happening in the coming weeks,” he said.
Recognising Glass’ potential in the medical field, Rajkumar called it a game changer, because of the transparency it will allow between doctors and even patients, during surgeries.
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