Displays Strut Their Stuff

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Displays Strut Their Stuff

Clinical display systems have come a long way from their clunky and high-priced beginnings. Vendors have rolled out an array of new solutions from color monitors to 40-inch Goliaths ideal for radiology, the OR and other sub-specialty areas. More facilities are tapping into automated QA for improved workflow and simplified calibration.

What’s more, prices are falling, making it affordable and essential to deploy fairly high-quality systems across the enterprise. Take for example Denver Health Medical Center in Colorado. The hospital recently went live with 57 new workstations equipped with Siemens Display Technologies SMD 21300 3 megapixel (MP) grayscale flat panel displays as part of an enterprise PACS deployment. Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia is evaluating Planar’s E4c 4MP color monitors in its radiology department. Both sites report improvements in quality, workflow and physician satisfaction. The systems are just two examples of the display world’s latest and greatest. For a wider view of new options, check out the chart on page 31.

Color, glorious color

Neuroradiologists at Albert Einstein Health–care Network are among the first to deploy the hospital’s new Planar E4c 30-inch display solutions. “They use the monitors for reading cross-sectional images of the head and for MR studies. They have been very happy with the luminance. The increased luminance means the grayscale really pops,” reports David Wild, director of systems integration. Another advantage of the new system is its size. “The increased reading area is helpful. Neuroradiologists are able to hang images in a 12 up format [which can be tricky with a traditional system],” adds Wild.

Fine-tuning the display to meet individual radiologist’s hanging preferences is a fairly straightforward process. A prerequisite to the process is having PACS protocols to optimize the display, says Wild. Next he meets with radiologists for 20 to 30 minutes to find and build the appropriate protocols. After that, the system is up and running.
 
Given the positive feedback, the hospital expects to roll out the new displays for use in 3D, ultrasound and cross-sectional imaging. Deploying color monitors with the necessary luminance provides facilities with a lot of flexibility in building workstations, says Wild. “There are fewer restrictions about who [or where] has grayscale and who doesn’t. It’s definitely moving in the right direction,” concludes Wild.

The cost-effective enterprise rollout

Denver Health Medical Center recently jumped into the 3MP flat panel world with an enterprise deployment of Siemens’ SMD 21300 displays. Several factors drove the decision-making process, says CIO Gregg Veltri. “Monitors are getting cheaper; prices are about half of what they were three years ago. Consequently, the price delta between 2 and 3 megapixel displays is not that large. Our need to stay standard across the center also played into the decision.” Finally, Veltri believes high-quality displays will facilitate PACS adoption. “There’s a direct tie between adoption and the monitor. A better physician experience will translate into greater acceptance and adoption,” predicts Veltri.

The new displays are dispersed throughout the institution. Radiology is the cornerstone of the operation and houses 12 systems; the remainder can be found in the NICU, emergency department, women’s care area and in OR suites. Orthopedic surgeons, however, have special needs. The department is equipped with two five-monitor units and a pair of 40-inch displays. “Tracking the mouse can be an issue with the additional real estate, but hanging protocols can minimize problems,” notes Veltri.

Radiologists and clinicians aren’t the only customers that Veltri aims to satisfy with the hospital’s PACS deployment. “This project is being driven by IT and radiology as a partnership. IT manages the implementation with our vendor, and radiology handles physician adoption, training and the drive to filmless,” he says. Siemens SMfit ACT Remote and SMfit ACT Calibration remote monitoring and calibration software simplify those processes for the busy IT staff.

Veltri’s advice for his colleagues is simple. “The purchase strategy should be focused on value. You can not have a diminished monitor in the PACS environment. Buyers should determine how long it will be before the display will need repair or replacement, and consider investing in remote QA.” At the same time, the value-oriented CIO plans to evaluate off-the-shelf non-medical grade displays for back up and mobile solutions. IT and clinical staff will test 2MP monitors to determine if the quality may be acceptable for limited applications outside of radiology.

Conclusion

New display options run the gamut in terms of size, resolution, luminance color and price — and can meet the soft-copy needs of users across the enterprise. The benefits of a well-planned display deployment include improved workflow in clinical and IT departments, better PACS adoption and increased physician satisfaction.

New Displays at a Glance
The right display investment can make a world of difference, facilitating workflow and productivity among both radiologists and IT staff and boosting PACS adoption and physician satisfaction. The market boasts an extensive array of options designed for nearly every niche and need.
ResolutionScreen SizeContrast Ratio Luminance Applications
Barco
Coronis Color 3MP DL: Includes Uniform Luminance Technology (ULT), ATI Fire GL processing, MediCal QA Web and integrated I-Guard front-of-screen sensor. 
2048 x 153620.8”300:1500cd/m2PACS, 3D imaging, CAD, EMR, color augmented modalities 
Nio Fusion 4MP: Can be configured as one integrated desktop or two 2 MP portrait displays with no distracting bezel.
2560 x 160030”600:1370 cd/m2 (max) PACS, HIS, RIS, PACS in the OR, 3D imaging
Coronis 3MP: Includes Uniform Luminance Technology (ULT), ATI Fire GL processing, MediCal QA Web and integrated I-Guard front-of-screen sensor.
2048 x 153620.8”900:11000 cd/m2PACS, CT, MRI, angiography 
Eizo Nanao Technologies
RadiForce R22: Optional RadiCS calibration kit available; RadiNet network quality control software simplifies calibration over a monitor network.
1600 x 120021.3”550:1250 cd/m2MRI, PET, CR, 3D rendering
RadiForce R31: Optional RadiCS calibration kit available; RadiNet network quality control software simplifies calibration over a monitor network.
2048 x 153620.8”400:1400 cd/m2MRI, PET, CR, 3D color rendering, image fusion
RadiForce GS310: Optional RadiCS calibration kits available; RadiNet in conjunction with the G1 Clip-on Swing Sensor provides easy calibration over a monitor network.
2048 x 1536 20.8”900:1700 cd/m2PACS, CR, CT MRI, angiography
RadiForce G33: Optional RadiCS calibration kit available; RadiNet network quality control software simplifies calibration over a monitor network.
2048 x 1536 20.8”700:1700 cd/m2PACS, CR, CT, MRI, angiography
NEC Display Solutions
LCD 1990SXi: Includes ColorComp, XtraView+, Ambix3, AmbiBright and Eco-mode; Compatible with Spectraview II calibration software. 
1280 x 102419” 600:1270 cd/m2PACS,
review & referral
LCD 2090UXi: Includes ColorComp, XtraView+, Ambix3, AmbiBright and Eco-mode; Compatible with Spectraview II calibration software.
1600 x 120020.1” 700:1280 cd/m2PACS, review & referral
LCD 2190UXi: Includes ColorComp, XtraView+, Ambix3, AmbiBright and Eco-mode; Compatible with Spectraview II calibration software. 
1600 x 1200 21.3”500:1250 cd/m2PACS,
review & referral
Planar
Dome E2: Calibration continually verified by Dome CXtra.
1200 x 160019.6” 600:1900 cd/m2CT, MR, CR, ultrasound
Dome E2c: Calibration continually verified by Dome CXtra; enhances visualization of 2D color, fusion and 3D reconstruction images. 
1200 x 160021.3”600:1500 cd/m2Diagnostic PACS workstations, OR, ER, ICU, modality review
Dome E3: Calibration continually verified by Dome CXtra. 
1536 x 204820.8”700:1800 cd/m2Diagnostic CT, MR, CR, DR, nuclear medicine
Dome E3c: Calibration continually verified by Dome CXtra; enhances visualization of 2D color, fusion and 3D reconstruction images. 
1536 x 204820.8” 400:1 400 cd/m2Diagnostic radiology, cardiology, OR, dermatology
Dome E4c: Calibration continually verified by Dome CXtra; enhances visualization of 2D color, fusion and 3D reconstruction images.
2560 x 160030”600:1330 cd/m2CT, MR, CR, DR, ultrasound, cardiology 
Siemens Display Technologies
SHD21205  2MP: Clear tinted backlight, compatible with commercial graphics cards, factory calibrated with integrated DICOM compliant look-up-tables. 
1600 x 120021.3”450:1450 cd/m2Medical grade navigational display
for color & grayscale
SMD21302 3MP: Clear tinted backlight, compatible with commercial graphics cards, factory calibrated with integrated DICOM compliant look-up-tables. 
1536 x 204820.8”800:1 700 cd/m2Medical grade diagnostic display
Totoku
ME251i: Sentinel II luminance stabilization, hardware-based pivoting, optional Medivisor Grayscale software and PM Medivisor.

1600 x 1200 2MP

 21.3"700:1 1500cd/m2CT, MR, PET, ultrasound
ME351i: Sentinel II luminance stabilization, hardware-based pivoting, optional Medivisor Grayscale software and PM Medivisor.
2048 x 1536 3MP 20.8"900:1700cd/m2CR, DR, CT, MRI 
ME551i2: Sentinel II luminance stabilization, hardware-based pivoting, optional Medivisor Grayscale software and PM Medivisor.
2560 x 2048 5MP21.3"700:1750cd/m2Mammography
CCL250i: Sentinel II luminance stabilization, hardware-based pivoting, optional Medivisor Grayscale software and PM Medivisor.
1600 x 1200 2MP 21.3"450:1450cd/m2CT, MR, PET, ultrasound
CCL350i: Sentinel II luminance stabilization, hardware-based pivoting, optional Medivisor Grayscale software and PM Medivisor.
2048 x 1536 3MP20.8"400:1400cd/m2CR, DR, CT, MRI, color augmented modalities