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Voice recognition to play “a huge part” in future interventional procedures

Kevin Seals (San Francisco, USA) and Andrew Taylor (San Francisco, USA) talk to Interventional News at SIR 2019 about the current and future use of smart speaker technology in the angiosuite which allows interventional radiologists to access critical digital information almost instantly.

Smart speakers, such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home, offer a conversational voice interface that allows interventional radiology (IR) physicians to ask questions and retrieve information needed for their patient treatments without breaking sterile scrub.

Seals, who believes the technology is “a really excellent fit” for doctors performing procedures in a sterile environment, looks at the benefits of the technology and some of the pitfalls as well. One particular issue Seals delves into is that the current speakers available are not HIPAAA compliant and that “working through those issues is absolutely critical” prior to these tools being used clinically.

Taylor, meanwhile, talks about the current working prototypes the team are developing and touches on the importance of voice recognition and how it can work in conjunction with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies. Combined, the technology offers the ability to “interact, listen and gather information without having to look away from what you’re doing”, says Taylor.

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Taylor, Andrew

Andrew Taylor is an Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Taylor obtained his MD and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a one-year internship in Internal Medicine at the same institution. In 2011, he completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology from the University of California, San Francisco. In 2012, Dr. Taylor completed a fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at UCSF.

In July 2012, Dr. Taylor accepted the position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Clinical Radiology. His areas of particular interest include interventional oncology, especially tumors of the liver and kidneys, venous interventions such as placement and management of IVC filters, and new methods of molecular imaging such as hyperpolarized carbon MRI.

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