Google Glass Impacting the World of Medicine [Video]

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Google Glass can be used for positive activities not only negative ones. Medical professionals are impacting the world of medicine by using the advanced eyewear to perform surgeries and diagnose diseases. Paul Szotek, a surgeon in Indiana, recently used the eyewear to perform a four-hour surgery to remove a tumor. Szotek viewed an Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan of the patient’s tumor so he could make more accurate cuts. He said that the surgery was the right case that gave them the chance to use Google Glass. Szotek also says that as soon as he learned about the device he knew it was a no-brainer. He said that the device will be something that will revolutionize all areas of healthcare delivery.

His patient, Brian Hume, said that if it helped move healthcare and other inventions forward then he thought it was a good idea. Hume also said he thought it was exciting to be Szotek’s first patient. The eye wear gave Szotek more time to perform the surgery because he had quicker access to Hume’s MRI. If he was not using Google Glass, then Szotek said he would have had to leave Hume to go to a desk in a different part of the operating room, view the MRI then return to the surgery.

The glasses allowed him to use a voice command to open other images, such as X-rays and take photos, which appear in the top right corner of his field of vision. He says that the glasses are a first step in being precise and having a high chance of removing tumors correctly the first time. Szotek continues by saying that Google Glass is promising for physicians beyond surgeries. He says that the glasses have also been used for a dozen other surgeries. Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital was the first to use the eyewear when doctors used it to remove a tumor and rebuild the wall of the abdomen. The glasses are also impacting the world of medicine by providing aid to medical professionals in diagnosing certain diseases.

A team at the University of California developed an application for Google Glass that uses the eyewear’s camera to take a picture of a lateral flow immunochromatographic assay, a type of diagnostic test. The application scans customized Quick Response or QR codes on the test strips, which are then transferred from Google Glass to powerful computers that return the diagnosis to a user. The team tested the application by scanning test strips of HIV and prostate-specific assay. The results showed that even when one picture was taken of many test strips that were next to each other, the application could find the correct diagnosis in eight seconds. If there is not Wifi available, the application can still run because the glasses can be connected to a smart phone with an internet connection. Aydogan Ozcan, a doctor of philosophy, said that it is important to find emerging public health threats early before an epidemic strikes and many people’s lives are lost.

Google Glass is impacting the world of medicine by giving aid to doctors to perform surgeries and diagnose certain diseases. Paul Szotek used the eyewear to help him perform a surgery to remove a benign tumor. He was able to use the eye wear to view the patient’s MRI so he could cut the tumor more accurately. The glasses are also used to scan Quick Response codes for a lateral flow immunochromatographic assay. Szotek said that emergency responders can use the glasses when they are at a scene to communicate with trauma surgeons who are miles away. Kyle Samani, who worked for a medical records company, created an application called EyeSight that allows physicians to share patient information between different doctors in a hospital. The prototype is being used by Leslie Garson, an associate clinical professor of anesthesiology at the University of California at Irving. Despite Google Glass’s current reputation, the eyeglasses are making a world of difference in the field of medicine.

By Jordan Bonte

The Indianapolis Star
USA Today
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