Mobile display workstations bring PACS to the OR

November 29, 2004

A new line of mobile display workstations is moving PACS into the operating room. The Dome Surgery Review Cart family, released by Planar Systems at the RSNA meeting, overcomes problems that have kept PACS out of the OR. The need to maintain sterile conditions and limitations on space have barred the door to PACS.

A new line of mobile display workstations is moving PACS into the operating room. The Dome Surgery Review Cart family, released by Planar Systems at the RSNA meeting, overcomes problems that have kept PACS out of the OR. The need to maintain sterile conditions and limitations on space have barred the door to PACS.

The surface of the Dome Surgery Review Cart is easy to clean. Compact in size, the cart has a sealed keyboard and a bracket that secures the CPU to the mobile workstation. Cables are inside rather than out.

The cart comes in color and gray-scale configurations, both of which have side-by-side monitors equipped with Dome CXtra software. The software ensures that the diagnostic image quality of x-ray, CT, MR, nuclear medicine, and ultrasound scans complies with DICOM standards.

Several display options are available. Dome C2 and C3i are 2- and 3-megapixel displays for viewing soft tissue or neurologic and orthopedic studies. Both are automatically calibrated to DICOM. Dome Q2, intended for low-resolution viewing of gray-scale images, can be calibrated to DICOM manually. Dome P2, a 2-megapixel monitor for reviewing color or gray-scale images, may be used as a Web PACS viewing station.