Surgeon Wears Google Glass During Operation

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It may not have been Dr. Anil Shah’s first rhinoplasty, but a recent procedure did mark the first time the University of Chicago Hospital plastic surgeon got an assist from Google Glass.

It may not have been Dr. Anil Shah’s first rhinoplasty, but a recent procedure did mark the first time the University of Chicago Medicine plastic surgeon got an assist from Google Glass.

The patient was a woman who had badly broken her nose while attending an amusement park and has since had troubles breathing.

Shah felt that her exact condition was a perfect opportunity to test the merits of the wearable computer.

Benefits of the technology cited by the doctor included the ability to call up photos and information without looking or stepping away from the patient.

Said Shah, "I think it helps the surgeon concentrate more on the case and more on what's relevant, and just get rid of the distractions on the outside."

In this particular situation he cited Google Glass’ ability to capture images of how the patient’s nose looked prior to casting as a big help.

Another plus is that people interested in how the procedure is coming along can watch it while it happens via a live stream from the doctor’s perspective.

The woman undergoing the surgery said she was awe-struck and remarked, "This is like science fiction."

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