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Barco debuts new displays

"Barco brings color to its Coronis family," the Kortrijk, Belgium-based company announced at RSNA 2003. Color in the sense that the company will offer a 2 mega-pixel (MP) 20.1-inch color liquid crystal display (LCD) that is compatible with 2D and 3D applications for softcopy environments. The display is appropriate for viewing images from PACS, ultrasound, orthopedic imaging, cardiology, ophthalmology, dermatology, nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography (PET).

 Barco's color 2MP LCD also displays grayscale images, comes equipped with the company's built-in color I-Guard technology and is compatible with MediCal Administrator software for remote calibration.

 Barco also showcased its DICOM-compliant projection system called DICOM Theater. The system bundles a high brightness medical grade projector, flat-panel display, dedicated BarcoMed grayscale imaging board and management software for large screen consulting, reviewing and training applications. If a dark environment is unavailable, Barco also offers a DICOM Theatre rear projection system for ambient settings.


Hands-free calibration at Image Systems

Image Systems Corp. was on board at RSNA this year with its new Calibration Feedback System (CFS), a local and network addressable display calibration system for use with the company's family of flat panel, grayscale LCDs. DICOM conformance is ensured through utilization of the hands-free calibration software, which also features support for multi-monitor configuration, background backlight stability verification, documentation and adjustment, as well as integrated light sensors.


Planar highlights new displays

Planar Systems highlighted its most recent release and extension of flat-panel displays, the new Adara Qx. Offering both two and three mega pixel versions, the Adara Qx line includes referral-quality grayscale displays calibrated to the DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) standard and intended for general medical viewing. The displays allow a variety of healthcare professionals to review quality grayscale images throughout the healthcare environment.

 Planar also announced that its CXtra software now will be available for the Adara Qx displays, in addition to the company's line of Dome Cx liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and desktop monitors. Ensuring that the displays conform to DICOM, CXtra software enables remote calibration of enterprise-wide monitors.


SonoSite rolls out new features for Titan

SonoSite Inc., developer of the portable Titan ultrasound system, offered new features to the compact device, including a software package for vascular imaging and expanded connectivity capabilities.

 Titan incorporates the company's ASIC (application specific integrated circuit) technology, which integrates millions of transistors onto one chip, allowing the device to weigh seven pounds. Booting in 12 seconds, SonoSite says the next step will be getting the system to boot in six seconds.

 Titan features 2D split-screen imaging, directional color power Doppler and steerable color box on liner array transducers, DICOM print and store board, pulsed wave Doppler with Duplex imaging and volume flow measurement.


Sony debuts Professional Disc archiving solution

Sony Electronics disclosed its new Professional Disc to enhance the industry's archiving methods. The storage device is intended for data optical storage drives, automated devices and media to OEMs and system integrators.

 Based on blue laser technology, the Professional Disc stores up to 23 gigabytes (GB) of native capacity per rewritable or write-once/ready-many (WORM) disc, while the drive sustains a maximum transfer rate of 11 megabytes (MB) per second.

 "Traditionally when people needed a backup or archive, they did it on a tape disk, but this new technology that we are showcasing is suitable for any image intensive acquisition, including CT, MRI and digital mammography," explains Mark Wagner, Manager Medical-IT Solutions. "There are many different places it can be used; it just depends on the workflow."

 In the future, the company anticipates a second-generation drive and media to the market by 2005 that will feature up to 50 GB of capacity with a transfer rate of 22MB/sec, eventually followed by a third generation of drive and media featuring 100 GB of capacity with a transfer rate of 43 MB/sec.

 In addition to its already released FilmStation dry film imager, Sony Electronics