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Doctor uses Snapchat’s Spectacles to record a surgery

Doctor uses Snapchat’s Spectacles to record a surgeryPopular social media app Snapchat recently launched an extremely unique gadget – sunglasses that come already equipped cameras to allow users to take pictures with their eyewear. Users could even record 10 seconds of videos by simply tapping a button on the device. The video is automatically uploaded to the ‘Memories’ section of the app via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Little did the company know, these would be used while conducting an actual surgery. Yes you read that right.

Dr. Shafi Ahmed, a Britain-based hernia repair surgeon made use of Snapchat’s Spectacles while making an incision in his patient’s abdomen. The operation which took place on December 9 at the London Independent Hospital, was reportedly the first of its kind. Dr. Ahmed made use of his Snapchat account to share his own point of view while operating his patient. In fact, this isn’t the first time that the doctor has integrated popular technologies with work. “In April, he used a 360-degree camera to capture his movements as he removed a tumour from a patient’s colon, creating the first virtual reality medical film,” reported TIME. “I’ve always thought about the way we teach,” Ahmed tells TIME. “How do you use these wearables in the clinical workspace for practise and also education purposes?”

“It’s not about one-to-one or one-to-two for me. It’s about one-to-many,” he said. “That’s my drive,” he added. He further went on to express his views about Snapchat. “The Snapchat platform is really interesting because it mimics who we are. It thinks on a 24-hour, short-term basis, and we, as individuals, work in short-term basis. We see things, we forget about them. Some goes into our long-term memory but most it – 95 per cent of it, is all short-term.”

TIME went on to report that were approximately 150 to 200 medical students that watched the tutorial as it happened and many more joined later. The response was really good, according to him. “They liked the way it was structured. They thought the segments work quite well.”


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