Why Doctors Are Using Snapchat Glasses in Operating Rooms

Shafi Ahmed dons a pair of digital sunglasses and explains how the tiny lenses built into its black plastic frame, which can capture high-resolution images, are transforming how doctors get trained in operating rooms. 

"If you wonder what Ahmed thinks he'll be doing in ten years, look no farther than his desk, currently piled with several unassembled Google Cardboards. In Ahmed's future, and in his vision of the future of surgery at large, virtual reality will feature prominently" 

"In April 2015, Professor Shafi Ahmed, surgeon of London Royal Hospital and St Bartholomew, performed the world’s first virtual reality (VR) operation, recording and streaming live in 360 degrees to more than 55,000 people across the world, watching at home via their VR headsets on YouTube" 

Imagine, then, the reassurance of having the world’s best specialists at your shoulder and vital information before your eyes. Last week, in a medical first, surgeons on different sides of the globe put on virtual reality headsets to view a London operating theatre and jointly operate on an NHS patient 

It's only a matter of time before robots replace surgeons in the operating theatre, according to cancer specialist virtual reality surgery pioneer Shafi Ahmed. 

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