Handheld ultrasound system provider Clarius Mobile Health announces Voice Controls, a new feature powered by artificial intelligence (AI) that enables clinicians to control multiple imaging functions with voice commands, leaving their hands free to perform procedures and exams. It is available now to all Clarius members using any Clarius HD3 wireless ultrasound scanner with the latest 10.3 release of the Clarius Ultrasound App for iOS and Android.

With new AI-powered Voice Controls, users don’t have to put down the Clarius ultrasound scanner mid-procedure or ask an assistant to adjust the image. Users speak commands such as freeze, adjust gain and depth, capture images and videos, and switch imaging modes. 

Voice Controls will initially be available in English only. To develop Voice Controls, Clarius recorded thousands of voice commands and used machine learning algorithms to teach the software to recognize and perform key imaging functions. Users standing within a meter of the smart device will be able to use voice commands to adjust gain and depth, freeze images, switch imaging modes, and to capture images and video. Clarius Voice Controls also work seamlessly with wireless headsets.

“I think the addition of the Voice Controls feature is brilliant,” says John Arlette, MD, a dermatologist whose practice is focused on injectable therapies, cosmetic therapy, and aesthetic management. “Instead of reaching for the touch screen to make a change with what you’re seeing on the screen, you can use Voice Controls to capture an image or capture a video clip. Procedures are faster and I can focus on the patient instead of being distracted by mechanical adjustments to the settings on my device.”

Clarius has tested the new feature with clinicians from a variety of specialties, including plastic surgery.

“Voice Controls have proven to be useful on traditional ultrasound systems and we’re excited to offer this premium feature to all Clarius members,” says Kris Dickie, vice president of research and development at Clarius. “Our goal is to continue making innovative features available on all Clarius handheld scanners for a small fraction of the cost that is currently the norm for premium ultrasound systems. Every clinician should have access to a high-quality ultrasound system to improve patient care.”