Google Glass revolutionised medical treatments
Online news: The telegraph, 10/04/2014
Google Glass could be about to revolutionise the way a range of medical conditions are treated and there are now a number of trials currently taking place across the world.
Helping to repair cleft palettes
Doctors in Alabama have been collaborating with clinics in El Salvador to train surgeons in repairing cleft palette.
Plastic Surgeon Raj Vyas viewed children's faces through a pair of Google Glasses worn by the trainee, and gave direction by placing his ‘hands’ virtually into the same picture.
In February, a team from the University of California introduced an app which allows users perform instant, wireless diagnostic tests for a variety of diseases and health conditions.
Giving doctors x-ray vision
Since the beginning of the year The Beth Israel Hospital in Boston has put QR codes outside patient’s rooms so that doctors wearing Google Glass can instantly access medical records and x-rays.
Standford University surgeon Dr Homero Rivas and his team have also been trialling a new augmented reality tool to help with operations.
During a procedure Google Glass is trained on an area of skin. The surgeons can see the procedure illustrated step by step with images superimposed over the skin of the model.
Training medical students
Operations, seen as if through the eyes of a surgeon, can also be live-streamed to medical students.
Last September Madrid-based Dr. Pedro Guillén, live-streamed a surgical procedure to doctors located at 300 universities and hospitals in five continents.
This was the first time an operation was recorded live through Google Glass.
Google Glass is also working with Phillips to develop a programme which allows surgeons to monitor patient’s vital signs without taking their eyes away from the operating table.
And eye tests in the future are also likely to take place via Google Glass rather than traditional eye charts.
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