A heads-up display for diabetic limb salvage surgery: A view through the google looking glass

David G. Armstrong, Timothy M. Rankin, Nicholas A. Giovinco, Joseph L. Mills, Yoky Matsuoka

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Although the use of augmented reality has been well described over the past several years, available devices suffer from high cost, an uncomfortable form factor, suboptimal battery life, and lack an app-based developer ecosystem. This article describes the potential use of a novel, consumer-based, wearable device to assist surgeons in real time during limb preservation surgery and clinical consultation. Using routine intraoperative, clinical, and educational case examples, we describe the use of a wearable augmented reality device (Google Glass; Google, Mountain View, CA). The device facilitated hands-free, rapid communication, documentation, and consultation. An eyeglass-mounted screen form factor has the potential to improve communication, safety, and efficiency of intraoperative and clinical care. We believe this represents a natural progression toward union of medical devices with consumer technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)951-956
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Diabetes Science and Technology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Augmented reality
  • Diabetes
  • Heads-up display
  • Limb salvage
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering


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