Consumer vs. medical-grade displays (2/4): Productivity

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Clear and consistent images are crucial to making accurate diagnoses and identifying the best options for treatment, and so is having the right display to view them. New consumer displays promote specs that seem to approach those of some medical-grade systems, and often cost less. But there is more to consider than just these specs. So, why choose a medical display? In a series of four blog posts, we’ll dive deeper into the specific reasons for choosing a medical-grade display. The second reason: productivity.

The perks of multi-modality

There are so many types of imaging exams (e.g. MR, X-ray, CT, mammograms, etc.) which need to be displayed following specific standards. Not every screen is able to support these different needs, which is why 3 or 4 monitors at one desk is a common occurrence.

Many medical displays have been specifically designed for multimodality imaging. Their display form factor allows the viewing of multiple modalities (both color and grayscale) on a single screen, enabling side-by-side comparisons and image fusions in no time, without switching displays.

Minimizing manipulations

Sometimes, bigger really is better. Bigger medical screens, for example, enable radiologists to view an image in full on a single screen, without the need to pan or zoom. The scale-to-fit capability of many medical screens makes reading more efficient as well.


"It saves me a click on each image, significantly increasing my reading speed on virtually every case I view."
James Ruiz, MD, Radiologist and Breast Imaging Specialist, Women’s Hospital

Reducing eye and neck strain

According to a study by The MarkeTech Group, 87% of radiologists experience some form of physical discomfort when reading images. From eye fatigue (66%) and neck strain (56%) to back pain (52%), there are numerous reasons to improve the ergonomics of the reading room.

Some medical displays come with built-in features (to control ambient lighting or boost display brightness, for example) and non-reflective glass to improve reading ergonomics. Some of the best medical displays have been specifically designed to present images within the optimal field of vision to maintain effortless visual acuity. Needless to say, opting for a single, bigger screen – instead of a multi-head workstation setup – will eliminate extensive head and eye movements for an even better reading experience.

Routine task automation

For healthcare professionals, there is no time to waste. But too often, valuable time is lost on small tasks that, in the end, can make for long hours. That’s why some medical displays offer tools that help automate routine tasks for even more efficient screenings.

They allow for simple toggling between multiple screens, for example, customization of user profiles, automated adjustments of color and luminance profiles and so on. This way, radiologists can speed through their workload with ease.

In our next blog post, we’ll explain how a medical-grade display allows radiologists to read images with complete peace of mind. Stay tuned!


About the author

Lynda Domogalla
Lynda Domogalla is Vice President of Product Marketing at Barco. She holds a degree in architecture from the University of Oregon. With over two decades of marketing and management experience, she is heavily involved in the go-to-market strategy for new products and in driving sales and partner enablement for Barco’s extensive healthcare portfolio

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