Doctor uses Google Glass to assist with surgery

December 26, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Google Glass is being credited for lending a revolutionary "helping hand" in the operating room.

Dr. Brent Ponce, a surgeon in Alabama, recently used the glasses for a shoulder replacement. He video-conferenced in Dr. Phani Dantuluri -- 150 miles away in Atlanta -- to lend a virtual hand in the operating room.

Ponce's glasses transmitted live video of the procedure to Dantuluri while Dantuluri's hands were superimposed, via computer, over what Ponce saw on the operating table.

Google Glass was previously used by a doctor at UCSF to pull up x-rays on the glasses during a surgery.

Our sister station KGO-TV San Francisco, CA contributed to this report.