UCSF First to Receive IRB Approval to Use Google Glass During Surgery

A surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco has become the first in the country to receive approval from the Institutional Review Board to use Google Glass during surgery.

The technology allows Pierre Theodore, MD, to pre-load CT and X-ray images into the device, and then see them during surgery in his peripheral vision, allowing him to compare the medical scan with the surgical site without taking his eyes off the patient.

"If my vision is a tic-tac-toe board, it would take one of those upper corners," said Dr. Theodore in a UCSF press release. "It feels like looking in the rearview mirror of your car. That rear view is always there when I need it, but it’s not there when I don’t."

Dr. Theodore believes Google Glass has the ability to significantly improve patient outcomes. "Poor decision-making is a chief source of poor outcomes among patients, he said. “So I think that’s one way the Google Glass can truly help, by providing data when we need the data."

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