Accuracy of remote chest X-ray interpretation using Google Glass technology

Emily Spaedy, Georgios E. Christakopoulos, Muhammad Nauman J Tarar, Georgios Christopoulos, Bavana V. Rangan, Michele Roesle, Cristhiaan D. Ochoa, William Yarbrough, Subhash Banerjee, Emmanouil S. Brilakis

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Objectives We sought to explore the accuracy of remote chest X-ray reading using hands-free, wearable technology (Google Glass, Google, Mountain View, California). Methods We compared interpretation of twelve chest X-rays with 23 major cardiopulmonary findings by faculty and fellows from cardiology, radiology, and pulmonary-critical care via: (1) viewing the chest X-ray image on the Google Glass screen; (2) viewing a photograph of the chest X-ray taken using Google Glass and interpreted on a mobile device; (3) viewing the original chest X-ray on a desktop computer screen. One point was given for identification of each correct finding and a subjective rating of user experience was recorded. Results Fifteen physicians (5 faculty and 10 fellows) participated. The average chest X-ray reading score (maximum 23 points) as viewed through the Google Glass, Google Glass photograph on a mobile device, and the original X-ray viewed on a desktop computer was 14.1 ± 2.2, 18.5 ± 1.5 and 21.3 ± 1.7, respectively (p < 0.0001 between Google Glass and mobile device, p < 0.0001 between Google Glass and desktop computer and p = 0.0004 between mobile device and desktop computer). Of 15 physicians, 11 (73.3%) felt confident in detecting findings using the photograph taken by Google Glass as viewed on a mobile device. Conclusion Remote chest X-ray interpretation using hands-free, wearable technology (Google Glass) is less accurate than interpretation using a desktop computer or a mobile device, suggesting that further technical improvements are needed before widespread application of this novel technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-40
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
StatePublished - Sep 15 2016


  • Chest X-ray
  • Interpretation
  • Novel technology
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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