Surgeons send ‘tweets’ from operating room

DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) — It’s 7 a.m. at Henry Ford Hospital, and surgeons are preparing to remove a cancerous tumor from a man’s kidney.

A doctor posts updates on social-networking site Twitter during a recent operation in Detroit.

A doctor posts updates on social-networking site Twitter during a recent operation in Detroit.

It’s potentially a risky surgery, but everything’s ready: The doctors and nurses are in the operating room, the surgical instruments are sterilized and ready to go, and the chief resident is furiously Twittering on his laptop.

That’s right — last week, for the second known time, surgeons Twittered a surgery by using social-networking site Twitter to give short real-time updates about the procedure.

Following the February 9 operation online were other doctors, medical students and the merely curious.

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