GE HealthCare has introduced the artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced Voluson Signature 20 and 18 ultrasound systems to advance health imaging in women.

The Voluson Signature 20 and 18 systems also incorporate advanced instruments and an ergonomic design to expedite the examination process for medical professionals.

They are designed to generate a more comprehensive image of the issues affecting women’s health.

According to GE HealthCare, the ultrasound systems combine high-performance hardware and adaptable, scalable software to boost clinicians’ confidence in their diagnostic and treatment decisions.

The AI-driven capabilities of the Voluson Signature 20 and 18 include a new ‘Hey Voluson’ feature that enables voice commands-based operations, thus saving time and keystrokes.

The systems have the SonoLyst tool suite that uses AI for standard views of foetal anatomy, annotates it automatically, and measures where applicable. This could also slash the time required to conduct standard International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) second-trimester exams by up to 40%.

SonoPelvicFloor, which is another feature in the systems, automates plane alignment and measurements. This reduces keystrokes by up to 76%, while streamlining pelvic floor evaluations and expediting exams.

In addition, Voluson Signature 20 and 18 include Fibroid Mapping that maps, measures, and categorises fibroids using AI to standardise and optimise fibroid documentation.

Furthermore, the systems incorporate FetalHS which leverages AI to provide step-by-step guidance to help identify normal foetal heart anatomy. This is said to simplify and expedite foetal heart exams by up to 48%.

Additionally, the new Voluson Signature systems may now be used with a flexible wireless workflow due to the cable-free Vscan Air CL wireless dual probe.

The latest offerings expand GE HealthCare’s Voluson portfolio which is designed to deliver high picture quality, advanced clinical tools, and intelligent workflow for cost-effective care.

GE HealthCare women’s health ultrasound general manager Gerald Seifriedsberger said: “Next-level image clarity can help clinicians detect foetal abnormalities and hard-to-spot gynaecological emergencies or conditions like endometriosis earlier, which can make a big difference in a patient’s treatment plan and overall health.

“With proven time-saving AI-driven applications, and advanced automation features that simplify exams, we’re providing technology that can help enhance ease of use and provide clearer images – helping clinicians power through demanding workflows faster while delivering greater consistency and accuracy, ultimately helping deliver better health outcomes for women.”