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Google Glass Making Its Way Into Operating Rooms 120

Posted by samzenpus
from the all-the-better-to-operate-with dept.
kkleiner writes "Among the possible uses for Google Glass that early adopters are dreaming up, you can now add 'surgical assistance' to the list. With approval from the institutional review board, a UCSF cardiothoracic surgeon recently utilized Glass during procedures by utilizing its voice activation features to refer to patient x-ray scans. Aimed at providing surgeons with the most up-to-date patient data, a startup named VitaMedicals is building apps to stream in patient records and live scans to the device. Even though it's early days for Glass, its potential in the medical space is huge and could revolutionize how doctor's access and apply information from patient records."
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Google Glass Making Its Way Into Operating Rooms

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  • by ArmoredDragon (3450605) on Monday December 02, 2013 @01:17PM (#45575595)

    I doubt it, all they have to do is state that they never intended it for medical use. So long as they don't advertise it as such, they're fine, any liability is on the doc and/or hospital.

  • by AK Marc (707885) on Monday December 02, 2013 @01:26PM (#45575705)
    Normally there'd be a computer, and the doctor would shout directions to a nurse that would bring up the images. The screen is not a "medical device" and if the computer crashed, it wouldn't bring liability on Dell or MS. It isn't a "medical device" but an imaging device.

    Holding Glass liable in that situation would be like suing Nike if the doctor tripped over his laces, as I rarely see doctors barefoot, shoes must be medical devices, right?
  • by ColdWetDog (752185) on Monday December 02, 2013 @02:38PM (#45576361) Homepage

    You're correct. We have monitors all over the place. In the OR / ER / nurses station. We transmit patient data all of the time. Images / text. We buy whatever we need from the open market. I've had a bit of an issue getting IT not to buy the absolute cheapest panels on the planet, but anything mid spec these days is perfectly fine.

    Anything electrical needs to pass some simple leakage tests, but our bio med tech does this on every piece of electronic equipment at least once a year anyway. But no certification is required.

    Radiologist like these idiot expensive BARCO monitors (about 5 grand a pop). They have a 16 bit data path from the card to the screen (everybody else uses 8 or 10 except most laptops which are typically 6 bit paths) and do a wonderful job of greyscale display, but they're not 'medical' devices.

  • by KillaGouge (973562) <gougec17.msn@com> on Monday December 02, 2013 @05:56PM (#45578453)
    But they are medical devices as they are diagnostic quality monitors. 5 grand a pop is cheap. Typically for a 5 Megapixel monitor pair and video card we would be 27 grand. The reason you need 5 Megapixel is because it is what is required by the FDA to interpret diagnostic mammography. The manufacturer has to show that the monitor complies with DICOM rendering standards and they have to be calibrated by a physicist regularly. For MRI, Ultrasound, and Computed Tomography (CT) a typical monitor can be used. Digital Computed Radiography (CR) aka Digital X-Ray, you need at least a 3 Megapixel monitor to properly display the diagnostic information contained in the images.