Some medical schools are using Google Glass to train the surgeons of tomorrow, however Mountain View’s wearable computer is also teaching some old dogs a few new tricks. Kansas City plastic surgeon and Lt. Governor of Kanas, Dr. Jeff Colyer recently added Google’s high-tech eyewear to his equipment list. When performing medical procedures from North Kansas City Hospital, Dr. Colyer uses Glass during facial reconstructive surgeries.
He uploads patients’ x-rays to Glass, which helps him avoid looking at monitors while in the operating room. “I can put that x-ray right in my field of vision, be able to look down at the patient and be able to see that x-ray in real time right here,” Dr. Colyer told Fox 4 of Kansas City.
Aware that some doctors see Glass as a possible distraction, the surgeon/politician acknowledged that the operating room is filled with several diversions.
“Anything can distract the doctor. The computer monitors that are in the room, somebody can put a YouTube video on that. Well, we’re not doing that. What you’re really doing is you’re using it as a scientific tool,”Colyer told Fox 4 of Kansas City.
Not exactly on the Google Glass bandwagon, Dr. Colyer was among the first group of explorers that got hold of the device before it was available to the public.