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NEC clinical display calibrates itself and detects when a human is present

Steve Rogerson
December 15, 2015
 
A clinical review display with a built-in calibration timer so technicians can schedule calibrations of displays during off hours is available from Japanese company NEC Display.
 
The 2Mpixel 54.5cm colour display includes a front sensor to maintain calibrated brightness, elevating the level of trust that medical imaging personnel have in the display’s performance. It also includes a human sensor that turns off the LCD screen when a radiologist leaves a desk, saving power and extending the life of the display.
 
With its self-calibration capability, the MultiSync MDC212C2 display does not require a computer, software nor a person to handle calibration. It completes the job itself at a time that is convenient for radiologists.
 
“The MDC212C2 display makes life easier for radiology and IT departments alike,” said Art Marshall, senior product manager at NEC Display. “For IT, this is significant because there is no longer a need to leave computers on all night, or worry about calibration being interrupted by routine maintenance tasks. Radiology techs also benefit, though, because they don’t have to take time out of their busy days to perform this function, leaving them with more time to do their reads.”
 
The desktop display also is built for round-the-clock usage, so it can be deployed at a nurse’s station. It has a conventional format 4:3 aspect ratio and 1600 x 1200-resolution in an IPS panel that covers 97.9 per cent of the sRGB colour space.
 
Professional-grade backlight technologies help deliver a long display life. Maximum brightness is 440cd/m2 m, 180cd/m2 calibrated. There is a quick QA function for checking Dicom conformance and black level control to manage contrast ratio (1500:1). Digital uniformity correction ensures consistent colour and brightness over the entire screen area. It has internal 14bit 3D programmable lookup tables (LUTs).
 
Multiple connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, DVI and VGA. A built-in three- port USB 3.0 hub provides connectivity for the latest devices. Ergonomic flexibility includes tilt, swivel, height and pivot between landscape and portrait orientations, and it has 2W (1W plus 1W) business-class speakers.
 
The display is pending FDA clearance in the USA, ships with a four-year limited parts and labour warranty, and will be available this month.