May 23, 2014

As estimated 13,000 surgical students around the world watched recently as Dr. Shafi Ahmed live streamed a cancer surgery via Google Glass.

It happened at The Royal London Hospital, and the medical students were watching from 115 different countries. They were able to ask type questions that Dr. Ahmed answered verbally during the operation. Afterward, 90 percent of the students said they want this kind of learning to be part of their educational curriculum.

The patient, 78-year-old Roy Pulfer, agreed to the live stream in advance.

The Telegraph was invited to watch it happen and put together this video about the event.

Note: As you can see, the video shows the surgery happening, so if you have a weak stomach, it may not be smart to watch.

One thing: There’s a lot being said about this being “the first surgery live streamed around the world via Google Glass.”

Not true.

On June 20, 2013, Dr. Rafael Grossman used Glass during surgery and streamed the video to a nearby iPad.

A day later, June 21, 2013, Dr. Pedro Guillen live streamed a knee surgery via Glass to 150 viewers around the world. This is technically the first surgery where Glass was used to stream outside the operating room.

You can see our History of Google Glass for more on both of those events.

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