Veterinary teleradiology and teleconsulting company VetCT is trialling the use of smart glasses to give remote clinical support to veterinary surgeons.
For the trial, the company has partnered with Pennard Vets in Kent, where they’re using Google Glass to transmit what the practitioner sees straight to the consulting experts at VetCT.
The remote VetCT specialist is able to view and remotely record, zoom, adjust lighting, annotate and send images back for the wearer of the glasses to view.
They are also able to discuss the case live with team in the clinic.
As part of the trial, images streamed via the glasses are being compared against those shot on a higher resolution mobile phone.
Director and Innovation Lead at VetCT, Julien Labruyère said: “We have a tremendous resource of specialist knowledge and expertise within our global team, and are exploring new ways to maximize the potential benefits of real-time clinical mentoring, teaching and case support.
“This first step we have taken with Google Glass marks the start of an exciting journey to make smart glasses technology useful to help vets in practice.”
Caroline Collins, Director at Pennard Vets, said: “Trialling the glasses has been a fascinating exercise. We’re now looking at cases where we could see the most benefit from real-time specialist feedback and hands-free capability. It could be a real game-changer in some situations, for example with remote guidance of patient examinations or complex procedures. ”
To learn more about VetCT visit www.vet-ct.com.
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