Matrox Medical Perspectives with NEC Display Solutions of America

Stan Swiderski, Business Development Manager for Professional and Medical Displays, NEC Display Solutions of America, shares his thoughts on displays and display controller boards for the medical imaging market

Welcome to Perspectives, a dialog with 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 Stan Swiderski, Business Development Manager for Professional and Medical Displays, NEC Display Solutions of America. Backed by years of experience in the development of TFT displays for professional use combined with intensive research done in the medical market, NEC Display Solutions is setting new standards with MultiSync MD Series high-brightness color and grayscale displays. NEC MultiSync MD displays – in combination with the appropriate graphics controller – are designed for diagnostic imaging and for use in Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) applications and are based on technologies and functions which actively contribute to cost reduction in healthcare.

George Rigas (Matrox Graphics): What are some of the new "first time" technologies that NEC is bringing to this market?

Stan Swiderski (NEC Display Solutions of America): Our newest MD series of displays uses NEC's newest LCD technology. The new technology allows us to provide a high-brightness color display with performance and lifetime that rivals grayscale displays. This allows our users to have a very flexible display that is not limited to grayscale only.

GR: As a long-standing Matrox partner, what interested you the most about offering the new Matrox Xenia Series with these new NEC diagnostic displays?

SS: The new Xenia series is specifically designed for medical applications and has features and capabilities that make it one of the higher performing cards on the market. Also the unique three digital output design makes configuration very easy for our customers.

GR: I've asked this to others before. The typical three-display set up does not appear to be disappearing, despite large single 4MP display solutions being offered. How would you rate the advantages of a three-display setup and how does a 4MP display setup fit for your users?

SS: The traditional three-display setup still has a few advantages. Most PACS software is configured to use multiple monitors, and displaying patient lists and multiple images is easier on separate displays. This configuration also allows for custom PACS configurations like a traditional grayscale display and a color high brightness display if desired. There is also no single point of failure as there is with a single display.

Many users are changing to our 4MP 30" display due to lower cost and a bezel-less design. As PACS software migrates to meet the changing display landscape, larger displays are becoming more common.

GR: Outside of the 5MP grayscale mammography market, it seems the human brain is wired for color. Tell us more about your color displays for medical imaging, advantages which people may have overlooked, and if there is a need for grayscale displays any more.

SS: NEC has been a leader in the computer monitor market for over 20 years. Our new MD color displays have many features we have developed over the years incorporated to provide the best possible image on screen. Features like 12-bit Look Up Tables for calibration, image uniformity correction and our own proprietary video image processor really enable NEC displays to provide excellent image performance.

There still is a need for grayscale displays; some users prefer grayscale-only displays based on years of experience. Also our new grayscale-only displays have long life LCD technology and will typically outlast a color display.

GR: If there is a trend to move to color for the most part, monitor color matching would be very important. Xenia offers a 13-bit gamma LUT which allows the most flexible calculations for color matching, DICOM or CIE*LAB calibration and color temperature matching. How important is color matching?

SS: Color matching is very important in multiple monitor usage. Any distraction from diagnosis can cause longer diagnostic times and user fatigue. The combination of feature of the NEC monitors and the Matrox Xenia boards will provide unbeatable image performance.

GR: Is there something that Matrox Xenia does not address for you today?

SS: Of course cost is always an issue with any product but you have to pay for quality.

GR: You also have displays targeting the operating rooms. Can you tell us a bit more about these?

SS: Typically these are larger displays. We have a line of displays up to 82" that can be calibrated for DICOM and are designed for commercial or professional usage. These displays are widely being used for this type of application.

GR: So what can we expect in the coming months from NEC? What are you working on?

SS: We have just released our new line of MD monitors and we will be making sure these are widely available. You can find more information about MD series monitors at NEC Medical Imaging Displays.

About NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.

Headquartered in Itasca, Ill., NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., is a leading designer and provider of innovative desktop LCD displays, professional-grade large-screen LCDs, a diverse line of projectors, and integrated display solutions. NEC Display Solutions develops leading-edge visual technology and customer-focused solutions for a wide variety of markets, including enterprise, professional, educational, medical and digital signage. For additional information about NEC Display Solutions of America monitors, consumers can call (866) NEC-MORE, or visit NEC.

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.

For more information, visit Matrox Xenia display controller boards or contact Matrox Graphics directly.

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