Matrox Medical Perspectives with Rogan-Delft
Menno Timmer, Product Manager, Rogan-Delft, shares his thoughts on Matrox display controller boards for the medical imaging market
Welcome to Perspectives, a dialog with medical imaging industry partners sharing their experiences and solutions with George Rigas, Business Development Manager for medical imaging, Matrox Graphics Inc.
In this issue, we have the pleasure to speak with Menno Timmer, Product Manager with Rogan-Delft. Rogan-Delft is the creator of innovative software solutions like Zillion suite, offering healthcare professionals a complete infrastructure including RIS, PACS, and XDS to improve patient care in and around the radiology department.
George Rigas (Matrox Graphics): You've been a long standing Matrox MED Series provider, introducing the first true Microsoft® Windows® XP 64-bit solution several years ago. How successful has the 64-bit operating system been received?
Menno Timmer (Rogan-Delft): There is an immense interest in 64-bit applications. Due to the increased data size and image processing demands, 32-bit systems reached their limits in accessible memory. With multi-core technology and 64-bit OS becoming common goods, servers and server-based solutions have an opponent again.
GR: Of course nothing stands still, and new solutions surface. Zillion is a great new product suite. At ECR 2009, you demonstrated Zillion using Matrox Xenia Series to power your high-end stations. What are some compelling reasons why you chose Matrox Xenia for Rogan-Delft solutions?
MT: First of all, Matrox has proven to be a reliable partner providing stable products that our service partners can rely on. Xenia is the board our partners have been waiting for, an all-in-one solution perfectly suited for the highly demanding work environment found in a radiology department.
GR: At Matrox, we see the need for simplicity. If we provide simplicity in our products then installation, configuration, service, and support are benefits for everyone. For example, each Xenia Series board can drive up to three high-resolution digital displays, so only one board is required for the typical radiology 3-display set-up. How can you explain this benefit to your end users?
MT: The ease of installing the Xenia boards surprised us in a positive way. Never before did it take so little time to prepare our systems before a show. The single video board solution and therefore single driver solution rules out any possible driver conflicts. The new, simplified, configuration tool reduced set up time even further. Since it's a single slot solution it has a small footprint. Speaking of footprints, it also reduces power consumption so you might want to put a green label to it.
GR: The typical three-display set up does not appear to be disappearing, despite large single 4MP display solutions being offered. What advantages do you see with the three-display setup?
MT: Although our solutions are hardware independent and can cooperate with all possible hardware configurations, I think that individual display will remain the most cost effective solution.
GR: Is there something that Matrox Xenia does not address for you?
MT: No, at the moment, we are fully satisfied with Xenia.
GR: So what can we expect in the coming months from Rogan-Delft? What are you working on?
MT: Our RIS and our XDS solution with an XDS enabler for non-XDS products are now commercially available. Furthermore we are embedding more and more demanding 3D capabilities into our PACS viewers.
Rogan-Delft B.V., the first PACS company in the world and the winner of several Frost & Sullivan Awards, is one of the major innovators in the market of the PACS solutions. As the inventor of the Everything On Line (EOL) archive, Multiple Archive Storage Servers (MASS) and Redundant Array of Inexpensive Servers (RAIS) technology, Rogan-Delft has repeatedly proven to be the supplier of state of the art solutions. With the introduction of the Zillion suite, Rogan-Delft offers healthcare professionals a complete infrastructure for the radiology department and beyond.
Rogan-Delft is a part of Delft Diagnostic Imaging. For more information, visit Rogan-Delft.
About Matrox Medical Imaging Solutions
Matrox display controller boards for medical imaging offer a wide range of display output options, resolution capabilities, and features to suit the demanding needs of medical imaging professionals. Matrox Xenia is the first native PCI Express board with all-digital triple-monitor support in a single-slot and the built-in flexibility to drive practically any known medical or non-medical display configuration.
Designed for use with a broad range of 8- or 10-bit grayscale and/or color displays in a variety of configurations, Matrox Xenia Pro includes 1,024 MB of on-board RAM, supporting growing image volume requirements and display resolutions from less than 1MP to as high as 8MP. With new technology to ensure optimum calibration (including Matrox DLC™ and 8/10/13-bit gamma tables), plus additional development potential for increasing hardware-accelerated performance via hardware LUTs and multiple hardware window IDs, Xenia is an expandable solution and a solid investment for medical imaging facilities.