Apple’s tablet computer, the iPad®, has made its way into operating theaters (OT) in Japan.

According to MedGadget, the iPad® was released in Japan on May 28, 2010, and Japanese doctors and surgeons have been eager to see how this new technology may enhance their workstations.

Six days after the computer’s release, it was reported that the iPad® was already used in a Japanese operating theatre.  A Japanese surgeon at Kobe University in Nada-ku, Kobe, used the device to review abdominal computerized axial tomography (CAT) scans during a procedure.  The doctor stated that he wrapped his iPad® carefully in plastic, but the touch screen still responded well to his gloved hands.

More information on the use of Apple’s iPad® in the OR can be found here:

iPad Used in Japanese Operating Theater