Ever curious about what happens during surgery? A Houston hospital is demystifying the procedure by live tweeting the surgical removal of a patient's brain tumor.
Dr. Dong Kim, the neurosurgeon leading the procedure on the 21-year-old female patient, tells ABC news that the point of the brain surgery Twitter broadcast is to educate patients on what happens during surgery.
“The main reason I wanted to do this was for the educational possibilities. I spend a lot of my time with patients on what to expect and what the steps are,” Kim said. “A lot of anxious patients want to know exactly what happens. With this they will be able to see what happens.”
According to ABC News, Dr. Kim's co-worker will live tweet from the operating room using a laptop, while a video camera will shoot clips of the surgery and a photographer will take shots on a digital camera.
The hospital's Twitter page, @houstonhospital, will Tweet each stage of the operation using the hashtag #MHbrain, notes KPRC Houston.
The text updates, video footage and photos from the brain surgery will be broadcast to Twitter, YouTube, TwitPic, CoverItLive, and Pinterest. ABCnews.com, in partnership with the hospital, will also compile these sources as they happen on their website.
This isn't the first time the Houston hospital has live tweeted a surgery. In February, doctors live tweeted open heart surgery.
You can follow @houstonhospital and #mhbrain on Twitter tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. EDT.
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