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Three or more display configurations popular

Matrox VITE : 01 June, 2005  (New Product)
Progress over the past two years have left PACS developers, healthcare solution integrators, and medical imaging professionals demanding newer and faster functionality and flexibility from medical imaging workstation hardware. Matrox Graphics display controller boards are offering more opportunities for application development and continue to define new approaches to classical problems.
Progress over the past two years have left PACS developers, healthcare solution integrators, and medical imaging professionals demanding newer and faster functionality and flexibility from medical imaging workstation hardware. Matrox Graphics display controller boards are offering more opportunities for application development and continue to define new approaches to classical problems.

Whereas early medical software implementations attempted to squeeze out every ounce of functionality and performance from the host CPU, software development now has a new breath of life with the advent of hardware support for software application programming interfaces such as DirectX and OpenGL. As data sets provided by various modality acquisition devices continue to grow, choosing the right hardware in order to access extra performance is crucial.

Matrox and Emageon engineering teams continue to collaborate extensively to enhance OpenGL solutions across multiple displays. Shown at SCAR 2005, Emageon software was running on a Matrox MED3mp powering two 3 MP monochrome displays and a Matrox RAD PCIe powering a 2 MP color display. 'Attendees want to see a cineloop running full-screen to test our workstation's performance and are satisfied with what they see - a fast, smooth transition between high-quality grayscale images,' noted Brian Nash, Strategic Solution Consultant at Emageon.

The rich functionality of GDI, DirectDraw, DirectX, OpenGL and Java offers developers new ideas and options for their medical imaging solution. However, developers struggle with time to implement and often must decide which API is best for their application. Choosing Matrox display controller boards which support a variety of feature-rich APIs across multiple platforms means adding functionality without losing flexibility.

In recent years, shifting tools, toolbars, patient lists and associated reports from the imaging displays onto a separate navigation console has become the trend. This leaves the imaging displays free for displaying the images required for accurate diagnosis, and pulls all other tools together with the aim of facilitating overall workflow.

Understanding that radiologists have many cases to report on during one day and often many images per patient to review, IDX has put a serious effort into a workflow solution that maximizes productivity and minimizes delays. Their solution allows the radiologist to quickly identify cases where immediate action is required, even uniting toolbar items in one small area in order to make it easier for the radiologist to quickly review patient records, assess new images, and make their diagnosis. IDX was showing their typical Imagecast cardiology PACS station configuration with three displays at SCAR 2005. Matrox MED Series display controller board was powering the two imaging displays.

A navigation console, paired with imaging displays serves the basis of maximizing patient data viewing. The navigation console provides a place to simultaneously hold and manipulate the functions associated with PACS, RIS, HIS, or combinations of such, while full patient data is viewed unobstructed on separate imaging displays. KODAK DIRECTVIEW PACS System 5 takes advantage of a triple-display configuration, shown here at SCAR 2005 with 3-megapixel displays running on Matrox MED Series.

Developers and solution providers should consider hardware solutions that
provide maximum compatibility across all configured displays for the application in question. Hardware acceleration should not be limited to one imaging display - Matrox solutions for medical imaging accelerate functionality across multiple displays as well as across multiple Matrox boards in the same system offering even greater flexibility in terms of configuration and use with minimum support issues.

Matrox introduced the RAD Series for the first time at ECR 2004 and display partners are shipping for two very important reasons:

a) A single RAD display controller board may be used as an entry level solution, and
b) RAD Series display controllers may also be used in a multi-board configuration alongside the Matrox MED Series boards extending the MED series functionality to a third or even fourth display.

Guardian Healthcare Systems demonstrated their FlowPoint RIS and PACS solutions on EIZO medical displays connected to Matrox display controller boards. The station shown here consists of two EIZO RadiForce displays powered by Matrox MED Series and a separate navigation console powered by Matrox RAD Series, providing maximum compatibility and performance.

SCAR 2005 confirms a trend demonstrated at other recent tradeshows that a triple display configuration is optimal for PACS workstations. In addition to offering RAD-RAD, MED-RAD and MED-MED combinations to support such configuration, Matrox developed a new line of single PCI Express slot, single board medical display controllers, the AuroraVX Series, connecting all three displays, with the feature set, performance and image quality of its predecessors. Software developers, integrators, and attendees alike expressed their excitement over the simplification that the AURORA Series provides, which was demonstrated for the first time in North America at SCAR 2005.

BRIT Systems demonstrated its PACS solution running on Image Systems displays powered by Matrox.

Eizo Nanao Technologies showed off their RadiForce G51 running on Matrox MED5mp as well as the newly announced RadiForce G33 3MP monochrome display running on Matrox MED3mp, which features a 13-bit look up table that produces a palette of 8,161 grayscale tones from which 4,096 (12 bits) can be displayed simultaneously.

FUJIFILM's orthopaedic workstation at SCAR 2005 included Matrox MED Series powering dual imaging displays, running FUJI Synapse PACS software.

Image Systems Corp. highlighted a variety of displays and their CFS remote calibration solution powered by Matrox MED Series.

Intelerad 's DICOM-conformant Picture Archiving and Communications System, IntelePACS, was running on Matrox MED Series display controller boards.

demonstrated their MediPort space-saving digital viewing workstation utilizing Clinton Electronics displays and Matrox MED Series display controller boards. Traditional wall-mounted lightbox installations may be upgraded to digital displays with Maxant's software-independent solution.

Display Solutions, who connected many of their displays to Matrox MED Series boards, also highlighted SentryDX, their remote DICOM and conformance sensor.

RealTimeImage, whose patented Pixels-on-Demand© technology is integrated into the recently announced IDX Imagecast for Cardiology product, was running their web-based radiology, cardiology and orthopaedics PACS solution on Matrox MED Series.

RamSoft PACS and Teleradiology whose software solutions include RamSoft Gateway, PowerServer and TeleServer, and Radical Radiology, who offer a full line of diagnostic workstations based on Eizo displays and are national distributors for RamSoft software, demonstrated their solutions using Matrox MED Series.

Richardson Electronics demonstrated display solutions from several Matrox partners including Image Systems and NEC. Richardson's own ViewMEDx display, shown here connected to a VIDAR scanner, was also demonstrated with a Matrox MED2mp display controller board.

Siemens showed off their display solution for mammography - Siemens 5 megapixel displays powered by Matrox MED5mp.

StorCOMM Inc., a developer of scalable clinical image management systems including PACS, demonstrated their AccessNET solution on EIZO displays paired with Matrox MED Series.

Swissray International, a leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of proprietary direct digital radiography systems, used EIZO RadiForce G51 displays paired with a Matrox MED5mp.

U.S. Electronics, Inc. demonstrated a variety of Totoku monochrome and color displays running on Totoku LV52P1 and LV32P1 display controllers, based on Matrox MED Series technology.
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