Johnson and Johnson and Google have recently formed a partnership with the intent of helping surgeons in the operating rooms with robots. The medical and consumer goods firm claimed the deal would be completed in the second quarter but is still awaiting a review by antitrust regulators. In this particular situation, Google will be specifically working with Ethicon, a J&J division dedicated to surgical technology.

The robots in this case are supposed to help with minimally invasive surgeries that limit problems such as scarring, pain and lengthy recoveries. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google will be bringing machine vision and image analysis software to the table with the aim of giving surgeons a better view of operations and/or easier access to relevant information.

According to the report, one of the possibilities suggested by Google was real-time image analysis that highlights objects like nerves, blood vessels and tumors that need to be removed. Another possibility suggested that surgeons might be able to see images such as MRI scans and anatomical guides on the same screen that they are using to control a robot rather than on several different displays.

For those of you who didnít know, Google began taking steps into the medical world last year when it launched its Google Genomics division. This unit ended up creating an API for storing, processing and sharing DNA sequencing using Googleís cloud infrastructure, charging $25 per year to store a genome. The Cupertino California company also appears to be venturing into medical technology with the recent efforts revolving around two main iOS APIs in the space, HealthKit and ResearchKit. HealthKit helps to centralize both health and fitness data in iOS 8ís Health app while ResearchKit is an open-source framework for iOS-supported medical trials.

Source: The Wall Street Journal