Veterinary teleradiology and teleconsultation company VetCT is testing the use of smart glasses to provide remote clinical support to veterinarians.
For the trial, the company partnered with Pennard Vets in Kent, where they use Google Glass to transmit what the practitioner sees directly to VetCT’s expert advisors.
The remote VetCT specialist is able to remotely view and record, zoom, adjust lighting, annotate and send back images for the wearer of the glasses to view.
They can also discuss the case live with the clinic team.
As part of the test, the images broadcast through the glasses are compared to those taken on a higher resolution mobile phone.
Julien Labruyère, Director and Head of Innovation at VetCT, said: “We have a tremendous resource of specialist knowledge and expertise within our global team, and we are exploring new ways to maximize the potential benefits of real-time clinical mentoring, teaching and case support.
“This first step we’ve taken with Google Glass marks the start of an exciting journey to make smart glasses technology useful to help veterinarians in practice.”
Caroline Collins, Director at Pennard Vets, said: “Trying out the goggles has been a fascinating exercise. We are now looking at where we could make the most of real-time specialist feedback and hands-free capability. This could be a real game-changer in certain situations, for example with remote guidance of patient exams or complex procedures.
To learn more about VetCT, visit www.vet-ct.com.
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