Interpretation of Coronary Angiograms Recorded Using Google Glass: A Comparative Analysis

Thao Duong, Jedrek Wosik, Georgios E. Christakopoulos, José Roberto Martínez Parachini, Aris Karatasakis, Muhammad Nauman Javed Tarar, Erica Resendes, Bavana V. Rangan, Michele Roesle, Jerrold Grodin, Shuaib M. Abdullah, Subhash Banerjee, Emmanouil S. Brilakis

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INTRODUCTION: Google Glass (Google, Inc) is a voice-activated, hands-free, optical head-mounted display device capable of taking pictures, recording videos, and transmitting data via wi-fi. In the present study, we examined the accuracy of coronary angiogram interpretation, recorded using Google Glass. METHODS: Google Glass was used to record 15 angiograms with 17 major findings and the participants were asked to interpret those recordings on: (1) an iPad (Apple, Inc); or (2) a desktop computer. Interpretation was compared with the original angiograms viewed on a desktop. Ten physicians (2 interventional cardiologists and 8 cardiology fellows) participated. One point was assigned for each correct finding, for a maximum of 17 points. RESULTS: The mean angiogram interpretation score for Google Glass angiogram recordings viewed on an iPad or a desktop vs the original angiograms viewed on a desktop was 14.9 ± 1.1, 15.2 ± 1.8, and 15.9 ± 1.1, respectively (P≤.06 between the iPad and the original angiograms, P≤.51 between the iPad and recordings viewed on a desktop, and P≤.43 between the recordings viewed on a desktop and the original angiograms). In a post-study survey, one of the 10 physicians (10%) was "neutral" with the quality of the recordings using Google Glass, 6 physicians (60%) were "somewhat satisfied," and 3 physicians (30%) were "very satisfied." CONCLUSION: This small pilot study suggests that the quality of coronary angiogram video recordings obtained using Google Glass may be adequate for recognition of major findings, supporting its expanding use in telemedicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-446
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Invasive Cardiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • Google Glass
  • coronary angiography
  • telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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