Barco launches 6MP color display for PACS imaging

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Barco unveiled the Coronis Fusion, a 30-inch, widescreen, bezel-free, color display that can be used as two seamless 3 megapixel (MP) heads or one widescreen 6 megapixel display, last month during the 93rd scientific assembly and annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

“The real benefit of this display is that it has the same luminance and life as a grayscale display,” said Rob Liepse, sales manager, Barco. Both grayscale and color studies can now be read on a single, multi-modality, high-resolution display system with Coronis, he said, which makes it suitable for PACS imaging.

Liepse stressed however that this multi-modality display is not for mammography, since the ACR recommends that mammography displays be tilted towards the user for reading, a feature the Coronis does not have. “We have no intention of going toward mammography with this one,” he said.

The display has a diagnostic luminance system, which delivers a DICOM-calibrated luminance of 800 candelas per square meter (cd/m 2), allowing for simultaneous optimal reading of color, grayscale and fused modalities with uniform luminance correction across the entire DICOM curve, said Liepse. It also performs “real-time monitoring of the RGB to maintain constant color clarity over the life of the display,” Liepse said.

This offers users a quality assurance solution, said Lynda Domogalla, director of product marketing, Medical Imaging Division. “The display can perform quality assurance tests and recalibrations while the radiologist is working to make sure the screen is DICOM compliant,” she said. The Coronis can also be connected to a network to run these checks remotely.

The Coronis Fusion is driven by a high-speed MXRT display controller, specifically designed to support 3D PACS applications with 30-bit color precision. Liepse said that with a PCI Express controller that has faster download speeds and optimized 2D, 3D and 4D operations using OpenGL and Microsoft DirectX, the Coronis enables a user to take full advantage of color modalities like 3D reconstruction, color MRI and PET/CT applications in combination with standard 2D PACS reading.