Medical Displays

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Display vendors will be showcasing their latest color and grayscale displays on the HIMSS exhibit floor, with a number of recently introduced models ranging from 1 megapixel (MP) all the way up to 4 MP. So, there's a large scope to consider, depending on your budget and needs.

Many of the monitors now include more elaborate and flexible ways to be mounted and moved around to facilitate ease-of-use whatever the application. Whole networks of displays can be run remotely with various types of software to keep administrators informed when one of them goes out of whack, even if they've gone home for the day.

Advanced display controller boards are enabling further flexibility. The option exists to use one large monitor to view multiple images, or put two displays side by side, or even add a third display, or perhaps project on a wall at high quality.

Here's a sampling of what display vendors and distributors are showing off from their portfolios, organized in alphabetical order.

Barco (booth #2129) is showcasing the next generation of its Coronis diagnostic display systems, which includes a 2 megapixel (MP) grayscale system, a 3 MP grayscale system, a 2 MP color system and a 3 MP color system featuring the company's Diagnostic Luminance technology, which corrects luminance non-uniformities. The 3 MP color Diagnostic Luminance technology is bundled with an ATI-powered display controller for fast and smooth image loading, roaming and manipulation in 2D and 3D.

Another addition to the Coronis Color 3 MP Diagnostic Luminance display system is the intelligent Ambient Light Compensation (ALC) system. ALC assures that the system remains DICOM-compliant under all lighting conditions by adapting its Look-Up Tables in response to ambient light conditions, the company says.

Featuring an integrated pedestal concept, the new Coronis also enables customized multi-head configurations.

Along with the Coronis, the company's new web-based softcopy QA product called Medical QAWeb also will be at HIMSS. This software can be used in combination with the upgraded I-GUARD sensor which continually guards and adjusts the luminance output of the diagnostic viewing area. Thus, the new QA software provides an easy tool for calibration and QA, ensuring continuous diagnostic quality of the display.

Barco also is featuring its new NIO Fusion 4MP, a high-resolution, large-screen, color display system designed for PACS visualization throughout a hospital or within an OR. The NIO Fusion features a 30-inch screen surface and can seamlessly fuse two portrait 2 MP displays into one integrated desktop without a distracting bezel in the middle. The display system also includes 2560 x 1600 resolution and a wide screen format. Additionally, the NIO Fusion 4MP includes Backlight Output Stabilization (BLOS) technology, which provides fast power-up and continuously stabilizes the luminance output of the system's backlight.

Eizo Nanao Corp. (booth #1953) is highlighting its newly enchanced RadiForce R23 2 megapixel (MP) 21.3-inch, color TFT, dual-domain IPS (in-plane switching) LCD monitor. The monitor is designed for color and grayscale MRI, PET and CR images, and can support image fusion and 3D color rendering. The displays also include the following upgrades: increased brightness of 500 cd/m2 and a contrast ratio of 500:1.

The new R23 comes with the company's image rotation technology which allows users to easily adjust from landscape and portrait modes. The displays also eliminate the need for special software and provide grayscale rendering without the worry of banding or color seepage, the company said. Like the RadiForce R22 color monitor, the R23 is DICOM part 14 calibrated with the company's quality control software RadiCS, and network QC Management software RadiNET Pro.

Matrox Graphics Inc. (booth #1512) is featuring its new agreement with NEC Display Solutions Europe. NEC is bundling the Matrox AuroraVX Series display controller boards with its MD Series medical grayscale displays - including the MD21GS-2MP and MD21GS-3MP - which are well suited for the new AuroraVX Series display controller boards, Matrox said.

The AuroraVX Series of display controller boards maximize display output options, powering three displays from a single low-profile PCI Express board. The AuroraVX Series supports a Navigation Console (NC) up to a resolution of 2 MP, and two Twin Imaging Displays (TIDs) of up to 3 MP each.

Equipped with Hardware Pivot, the AuroraVX Series is capable