COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) --For Dr. Christopher Kaeding, a surgeon at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center, it was just a routine operation to repair an injured knee ligament. But what puts this surgery in the history books is that it was the first time, anywhere in the world, that a doctor performed the operation wearing Google Glass and transmitted the operation live to audiences miles away.
A doctor on the other side of Columbus collaborated with Kaeding while on Ohio State’s main campus, a group of medical students saw this historic event from a completely different perspective
“I could start to appreciate the connectivity it gave me and the possibilities. the fact that i could sit there in real time, both audibly and even more important visually, i could communicate with somebody while i’m in the middle of a case”, says Dr. Kaeding.
Beyond a teaching tool, the device could also assist during an operation. A surgeon could potentially call up X-rays or MRI's of the patient, pathology reports and reference material. The doctor can even talk live to colleagues or specialists via the Internet, anywhere in the world.
Doctors say they have visions of how this type of technology could change medicine, though it still needs to be thoroughly tested and evaluated.
(Photo courtesy OSU Wexner Medical Center)