Medical Imaging Displays and Their Use in Image Interpretation

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Display technology, the configuration and maintenance of displays for optimal medical image viewing, and viewing strategies to improve diagnostic performance are discussed.

The adequate and repeatable performance of the image display system is a key element of information technology platforms in a modern radiology department. However, despite the wide availability of high-end computing platforms and advanced color and gray-scale monitors, the quality and properties of the final displayed medical image may often be inadequate for diagnostic purposes if the displays are not configured and maintained properly. In this article—an expanded version of the Radiological Society of North America educational module “Image Display”—the authors discuss fundamentals of image display hardware, quality control and quality assurance processes for optimal image interpretation settings, and parameters of the viewing environment that influence reader performance. Radiologists, medical physicists, and other allied professionals should strive to understand the role of display technology and proper usage for a quality radiology practice. The display settings and display quality control and quality assurance processes described in this article can help ensure high standards of perceived image quality and image interpretation accuracy.


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Article History

Received: May 4 2012
Revision requested: May 31 2012
Revision received: July 18 2012
Accepted: July 31 2012
Published online: Jan 1 2013
Published in print: Jan 2013