(02/03/14) - A pair of high tech goggles may allow a surgeon to review your chart or other important information while they are operating. They look like something from a sci-fi movie. The goggles allow surgeon Heather Evans see her work like never before.
Evans is one of about 5,000 doctors chosen to test Google Glass, "it was just an opportunity to discover a new, not just a new product, but a new way of interacting with people."
The device's eye-level screen projects info right into the wearer's retina. So, it could allow doctors to instantly see charts or lab results.
It also lets users record and transmit exactly what they are seeing, says Dr. Evans, "the design allows for hands-free use and control of the device, which in the operating room, obviously, is quite important because of sterility."
While she's only testing it, Evans believes it will be a great way to document surgeries, "instead of having to write that down, or dictate that, or type it in after the case is over, I immediately have a record of what happened."
Google glass could also be useful for training. Dr. Evans can instruct another surgeon while looking at video recorded from the device.
"This idea of being able to coach someone, to be able to watch what they're doing through their own eyes," Evans says.
There are some downsides. Patient privacy is a concern; and interacting with the gadget can be a distraction during surgery. Still, Evans is excited about the possibilities.
"Immediately, as soon as I put the unit on, and I started taking photographs, and I started taking video, there was this sense of wonder," she says.
Google Glass should be available for sale next year for around $1,500. It has a five megapixel camera, 16g of storage, can respond to voice commands, and users can control the device by winking their right eye.
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