Will Google Glass revolutionize plastic surgery?
When Internet giant Google released its latest invention, the Google Glass, in February 2013, many were skeptical whether the new technological device would catch on. The specially designed headgear features transparent lenses that work as an Android-powered computer. While perched on the bridge of your nose, the glasses allow you to view images, films and computer applications through the small screen. However, one plastic surgeon in Chicago is using Google Glass for much more than checking the weather reports or sending a text message.
According to NBC Chicago, a plastic surgeon recently performed the first cosmetic procedure in the world with Google Glass. The doctor, who was invited by Google to test out the device, wore the glasses while conducting a rhinoplasty for a patient who damaged her nose at an amusement park.
The plastic surgeon told the news source that the glasses enabled him to bring the patient's X-Rays and MRI scans directly onto his screen, so he did not have to take his eyes off the patient. With Google Glass, the plastic surgeon was also able to record what the patient's nose looked like before placing on the cast, so the patient does not have to wait until the cast is removed to view her new nose.
"This is a perfect case to highlight the merits of Google Glass since her nose has both obvious external as well as internal nasal deviation," the plastic surgeon explained to the news outlet. "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."
While this was the first plastic surgery procedure to utilize Google Glass, other doctors throughout the U.S. have already begun testing the new gadget. Surgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center live-streamed an ACL surgery via Google Glass earlier this year, according to a university statement. At the moment, it's uncertain whether Google Glass will become the norm for surgeons, but surgeons at the OSU hospital believe the device could be a game-changer for surgery in the near future.