The rise of large-scale volumetric imaging studies has spurred medical display vendors to upsize viewing screens and to enhance brightness to support diagnostic quality color as well as gray-scale image viewing. This year's RSNA meeting reflected not only this trend in technology but also a surge in vendors with substantial offerings seeking to expand into the medical imaging arena.
Known for its high-grade diagnostic display systems, Barco has added a 3-megapixel color display to its high-end Coronis line of monitors for multimodality imaging and a 4-MP monitor to the Nio large-screen color display system.
A leader in producing mammography viewing devices for the last 20 years, Broadwest has introduced a pair of 5-MP liquid crystal displays for viewing each breast, as well as an ergonomic viewing table. The company's LumiVue series of flat-panel displays includs the 1.5-inch-thick LVA, which has a luminance of 3500 nits and a uniformity greater than 90%, and the less than three-inch-thick LVM, which has fully masking shutters and a luminance of 8000 cd/m².
A distributor and service provider for WIDE-branded LCD systems in North America, Double Black Imaging has expanded its product line by adding two new color monitors to its series of 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-MP front-sensing monochrome displays. All of the LCDs provided by Double Black Imaging have an electronic front sensor that emerges from the bezel and retracts when DICOM calibration is complete to adjust to changes in graphic controller driving levels and instabilities in liquid crystal pixel cells or ambient light and backlight. The monitors also have integrated backlight sensors to assure the consistency of backlight and to reduce fluctuations in brightness caused by internal and environmental temperature differences.
A subsidiary of Eizo Nanao, the global manufacturer of high-end LCDs and Windows-based thin-client terminals, Eizo Nanao Technologies markets a range of monochrome and color monitors that feature in-plane-switching LCD panels and dual-headed graphics boards.
A leader in developing monitors for the operating room, National Display Systems also manufacturers the Axis high-performance, high-resolution monochrome series for radiology reading. A new PrimeVue 3-MP display has been designed as a primary reading device for cross-sectional and fusion images. The PrimeVue 4-MP high-definition TV format monitor accommodates cross-sectional as well as ultrasound image viewing. Both the Axis gray-scale and the new PrimeVue displays can be used in any combination, since they are powered by an NVIDIA high-speed graphics card.
Formerly NEC-Mitsubishi, NEC Display Solutions of America provides visual technology for the consumer, enterprise, professional, medical, and digital signage markets. As an adjunct to its medical display product line, which includes 2- and 3- MP gray-scale thin-frame monitors, NEC has released a light-emitting diode (LED) backlit desktop color LCD.
An entirely new line of color and enhanced gray-scale Dome diagnostic imaging displays supplements Planar Systems' low-cost Dome P1 and P2 Bundles and the mobile Dome Surgery Review Cart. The Dome EX monitors have been designed for visualization of 2D color imaging, image fusion, and 3D imaging in radiology and PET/CT as well as cardiology, dermatology, and the OR.
The newest i-Series of medical displays with integrated front sensors from Totoku has been added to the Quest International portfolio. Also available from Quest is NEC's new line of large-screen LCDs.
Siemens SMD series of digital flat-panel gray-scale monitors is characterized by continuous backlight control to stabilize luminance over time and independent DICOM-compliant gray-scale control. The SCD series of color displays has a horizontal scan range of 30 to 100 kHz, a vertical range of 50 to 100 Hz, and high contrast even under bright ambient light conditions.
The developer of the Aquarius 2D, 3D, and 4D imaging workstations for diagnostic radiologic, cardiac, and oncologic image viewing, TeraRecon showcased the i-View 3D real-time workstation and personal digital light box (PDLB) large-format video display solutions.
Providing medical displays to hospitals as well as PACS companies, US Electronics has introduced two new LCDs from Totoku of Japan.