Google Glass offers surgeons a new tool
“Google that” is becoming an increasingly familiar call in the operating rooms as surgeons don Google Glass while performing knee-replacements.
Google Glass interact with other computer-assisted devices, allowing surgeons to see important information in the viewfinder of the glasses about knee alignment and balance without having to look at a distant computer monitor. The glasses also contain a miniature camera that can record the procedure to create an educational video for resident physicians, or to stream the images live to a professional conference.
“Google glasses represent the next important step forward in the use of cutting-edge, computer-assisted and navigational technologies in joint replacement surgery,” says Dr. George Branovacki, orthopedic surgeon at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill.
Christ Medical Center has become one of the nation’s pioneers in use of Google glass during knee replacement surgery.
“Work already is underway to take information from the iPod and stream it to the Google glass so that we will not even have to raise our eyes from the surgical field to check the iPod screen,” says Dr. Branovacki. “We will simply look at the viewfinder in the glasses for the information.”
The patient benefits of such technology are proving enormous, Dr. Branovacki adds. They are enhancing overall surgical outcomes and bringing knee replacements closer to perfection.
Learn more about Google glass in this video.
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