Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Increasing Displays for more Diagnostic Information

Planar Systems and NVIDIA have teamed up to develop a way to get more diagnostic information out of an image.

Traditional radiographic images which are simply black and white computer images are in a grayscale format that allows for the computer to interpret 256 shades of gray. This new system will allow the computer to interpret 864 shades of gray which should greatly increase the diagnostic accuracy of the images since it will have more than 3 times the image contrast.

No special hardware is required. NVIDIA has built-in the capacity into its Quadro driver which allows any Quadro FX 4600 or higher graphics cards to process the images in this format.

The initial market is medical imaging such as mammography, but I can see this reaching dentistry very shortly.

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