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Hospital Actually Uses Kinect In Actual Surgery

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It's not just speculation any more. A hospital in Toronto is using Kinect to aid doctors in live surgeries - though not quite in the Trauma Center kind of way you might expect.

While Microsoft has been pushing Kinect's potential in doctor training, physical therapy and telemedicine, a Canadian engineering team has produced an application that allows healthcare professionals to access patient charts during surgery without touching a thing. With more and more Canadian health records going entirely digital, healthcare profesionals who need to access them during surgery have relied on computers to do so - and anyone who owns a keyboard can imagine how sterile that isn't. But now, surgeons at Toronto's Sunnybrook hospital are using the "Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device" in history to access patients' health records (such as MRIs, X rays, and CT scans) quickly and germ-free. Also, using Kinect means that doctors don't have to waste time sterilizing their hands before and after every use of the computers in the OR, potentially shortening surgeries, and therefore lessening trauma to patients.

There's no word on whether this experiment will be tried in other hospitals, but with the many billions of dollars spent on health care around the world, it's hard not to see Microsoft, or at least its partners, pounce on this idea.

3 Comments

Chris said:

During surgery, "doctors don't have to waste time sterilizing their hands before and after every use of the computers"

As long as it's not the other way around, LOL!

April said:

Wii helps the elderly stay active, Kinect helps doctors. Take that, peeps who think videogames are badness!

Caracticus said:

Yay, Canada! An excellent way to use this technology and all things considered, only makes surgery more efficient and introduces little or no risk.

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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