PORTLAND -- It looks like something out of a science fiction movie. A doctor wearing high-tech glasses can see under a patient's skin, simply by touching the patient.
“I never thought I’d be doing this 10 years ago,” said Dr. Brion Benninger. "It brings the anatomy to life.”
Dr. Benninger is using Google Glass with ultrasound to examine a patient's shoulder.
A specialized sensor on his finger captures ultrasound images, which are projected onto the Google Glass.
He never has to turn his head and look at an ultrasound screen. The results are literally right in front of him.
“I can move his arm around and at the same time I’m getting an immediate visual,” said Dr. Benninger.
He says that kind of combination in technology is rare. The company behind the technology, Sonivate Medical, is headquartered in Beaverton.
It’s being used to train medical students at Western University of Health Sciences.
”It’s the only place in the world you can see it right now," Benninger said.
Many said it's easy to use.
“You don’t have the learning curve between how to use a machine and how to be a good doctor. The technology helps,” said student Stephanie Duckett.
Dr. Benninger expects many medical offices will one day use Google Glass in this way.
“It can be used to diagnose tears and fractures and then it can be used to follow a patient’s progress,” he explained.