GE touts VoiceScan study

Multimodality vendor GE Healthcare of Waukesha, WI, is touting the results of a recent study that indicated that its new VoiceScan ultrasound voice-command technology can improve sonographer productivity. GE is releasing the study results at this week's meeting of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) in New Orleans.

VoiceScan uses wireless and speech recognition technologies to enable users to control an ultrasound scanner with voice commands rather than manual buttons. The feature is available on the company's Logiq 9 and Logiq 7 scanners.

In the study, researchers at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven, MS, analyzed 87 patient exams and found that VoiceScan supported an average of 18 multitasking functions per exam, 15 of which were used routinely throughout the study. VoiceScan reduced manual-button commands by up to 60%, and enabled exams to be performed more comfortably, according to the study.

In other GE SDMS news, the company is promoting new technologies for its Voluson 730 Expert 4D scanner. GE has added new rendering modes and image optimization capabilities, enabling users to acquire and analyze volumetric data in real time.

By staff writers
October 1, 2004

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