London-Based Doctor Uses Snapchat Spectacles to Livestream a Surgery

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Dec 14, 2016
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Every holiday season brings a new tech item that the world goes crazy for. This year Snapchat spectacles are a big deal. For those who don’t know, these are a camera-enabled pair of sunglasses that allow the user to record videos and upload them on Snapchat. People are growing crazy about them and are uploading videos from their baby’s first steps to wedding proposals. But a London-based doctor took this video making to a whole other level.

Snapchat spectacles, a medical view

Dr. Shafi Ahmed in London used the Snapchat spectacles to show the world what it’s like to perform surgery from the perspective of a doctor. Don’t get me wrong but we have seen videos of surgeries before, no doubt. But from a first person point of view surgery provides a whole other perspective on things. Dr. Shafi used the spectacles to document a hernia repair surgery at the London Independent Hospital.

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He captured the entire process with these $130 spectacles and provided an in-depth look at the hernia procedure. He told Time, that he did this so that his medical students could use it as a tutorial and experience what it’s like to be a doctor before getting into the field. He said, “I’ve always thought about the way we teach. How do you use these wearables in the clinical workspace for practice and also education purposes?”.

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During the surgery, Ahmed said that around 200 medical students tuned into his Snapchat story to follow the procedure. Like other stories, this procedure was archived to re-watch or tune in later for 2 hours. Ahmed seems like a pretty cool doctor as it’s not his first time that he has used tech to provide interesting views for his students. In April, he set a

In April, he set a 360-degree camera to document the removal of a colon tumor in a patient. This became the first virtual reality medical film. According to Ahmed, this method of teaching helps remove the boring element from teaching and adds a more structured approach. According to him, this kept the students interested and the response he got was good as well. He said, “The response was really good. They liked the way it was structured. They thought the segments work quite well,” especially since such a setup allowed the removal of “all the boring bits of the operation that may not have educational value for students,” he further added.

Just a warning, if you are of a weak heart, it’s better if you stay away from this video…

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