Research: Surgeons wearing smart glasses perform quicker, safer operations

Surgeons operating during research into smart glasses
Via Journal of Neurosurgery

Researchers in Japan believe that smart glasses could improve surgeons’ concentration during operations and have a positive effect on patient outcomes.

The team from the Murayama Medical Center in Tokyo showed that surgeons turned their heads less when they were able to see X-Ray images via wearable glasses rather than a separate display. 

Findings published by Keitaro Matsukawa and Yoshiyuki Yato in the Journal of Neurosurgery said movements that surgeons made to look at support monitors were inconvenient and could lead to technical difficulties and errors. 

Their study looked at 20 surgeries that were split into one group where the surgeon wore a wearable display device attached to regular glasses, and a group where the surgeon did not. The number of head turns performed by the surgeon, estimated blood loss, radiation exposure time, screw replacement accuracy and intraoperative complication rates were recorded. Head turns showed the most significant difference between the two groups, with the surgeons wearing smart glasses turning their heads fewer times than their colleagues just using monitors. Most other parameters indicated that surgery was safer and quicker with smart glasses.