Barco’s New Breast Tomosynthesis Monitor

Barco’s New Breast Tomosynthesis Monitor

Visualization specialist Barco has launched the Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP, the first display system that has been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for breast tomosynthesis. The display comes with some groundbreaking technologies specifically developed for multi-modality mammography.

“Breast tomosynthesis provides radiologists with three-dimensional images of the breast for better lesion visibility. These multi-frame images give rise to a need for solutions to optimize reading and interpretation. That’s why Barco developed the Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP, a display system for digital breast imaging”, says Albert Xthona, Product Manager at Barco Healthcare.

“Its unique technologies for brighter and faster tomosynthesis visualization enable detection of the smallest details, providing radiologists with a new degree of diagnostic confidence and performance. With the Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP, images are displayed more efficiently and more clearly so the radiologist can make the most effective diagnosis”, Xthona concludes.

Precise results

The Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP efficiently displays high-quality multi-modality images. Barco’s proprietary RapidFrame™ technology speeds pixel refresh when reviewing multi-frame image sequences such as tomosynthesis or breast MRI, eliminating blurring or ghosting. Combined with Barco’s patented Per Pixel Uniformity™ (PPU) to remove disturbing screen noise, the display renders mammograms with the best image quality, helping radiologists make accurate diagnoses while speeding up their workflow.

Equipped with the powerful DuraLight Nova™ backlight, the Mammo Tomosynthesis display offers twice the calibrated brightness (1,000 cd/m²) of conventional displays, while more than doubling the lamp lifetime (50,000 hours). This luminance enables radiologists to see fine details in dense breast tissue and renders near skin-line details more clearly. The display also provides an I-Luminate™ ‘hot light’ button for extra brightness, which can reveal subtle details, even in dark areas.

Comfortable reading

The Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP comes with an adjustable dual-head stand and allows users to angle the displays to their preferred position for optimum viewing. Additionally, the display can be viewed from a wide angle, without sacrificing contrast or black level. Images can now be read from any seat at the reading station, allowing radiologists to discuss the images with colleagues in the room or use them for educational purposes.

The display system’s intrinsic brightness reduces eye fatigue and enables reading in a more pleasant ambient room light, preserving visibility of low-contrast details. It also includes the integrated I-Guard™ sensor which automatically checks contrast and luminance. This provides radiologists with an optimal work environment, boosting diagnostic performance and productivity.

Guaranteed compliance

To ensure long-lasting image quality and high-grade Quality Assurance, Barco’s Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP is bundled with MediCal QAWeb, an innovative web-based tool for automated and worry-free calibration. Together with I-Guard, the system guarantees consistent DICOM accuracy and uptime of all displays throughout the facility to ensure a consistent diagnostic outcome.

The standard of care

The Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP is covered by a 5-year warranty and demonstrates that precision and productivity can go hand in hand. Equipped with the ultra-fast 10-bit MXRT display controller and technologies to enable consistent cost-effective workflow, the display for multi-frame mammography offers a high return on investment and the best standard of care.

Barco at SBI 2011

Barco’s Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP will be showcased at SBI 2011 – booth #200 – in San Antonio, USA, from 18 to 20 May, 2011. Commercial availability is planned for the third quarter of 2011.

About Barco

Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with about 3,500 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 897 million euro in 2010.

Optimized for digital breast tomosynthesis

Barco’s Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP has been developed to optimize reading and interpretation of digital breast tomosynthesis, a groundbreaking imaging modality that significantly improves accuracy of breast cancer detection. Its unique technologies for tomosynthesis visualization increase conspicuity of the smallest details, providing radiologists with a new degree of diagnostic confidence.

The Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP is the first display system available for breast tomosynthesis. It is cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in standard and multi-frame digital mammography as well as breast tomosynthesis.

Quick readings, exceptional results

The Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP ensures instant delivery of images without motion blur, increasing correct diagnosis and swift workflow.

Bright images, more details

Featuring twice the brightness of conventional systems and lasting twice as long, the Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP offers unrivalled image precision and visibility of the most subtle details.

Less noise, improved accuracy

Screen noise often hides subtle details. That’s why the Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP ensures pixel-perfect images without disturbing screen noise, offering clearer visibility of differences in tissue density.

Guaranteed compliance, diagnostic confidence

Automated checks of contrast and luminance, in combination with an online calibration service, result in an optimal working environment and worry-free readings.

Barco has just received the first ever FDA approval for a computer monitor to be used for viewing breast tomosynthesis imagery. Tomosynthesis involves sequential movie-like playback of images of the breast taken from different angles, so the monitor has to properly render each frame quickly and with precision.

From the product page:

RapidFrame ™: vq34sdff Barcos New Breast Tomosynthesis MonitorRapidFrame technology counteracts motion blur when scrolling through a stack of images due to a high pixel refresh rate.

Per Pixel Uniformity™: PPU measures and adjusts the luminance of each pixel, making every pixel permanently DICOM compliant.

SmoothGray™: SmoothGray generates ultra-precise representations of grayscale images and eliminates quantization artifacts, reducing the overall noise in the images.

DuraLight Nova™: the DuraLight Nova backlight ensures a diagnostic luminance of 1,000 cd/m². In addition, they last twice as long without increasing power consumption.

I-Luminate™: a push on the ‘hot light’ I-Luminate button will temporarily boost display brightness, allowing inspection of subtle details or comparison of digital exams with film-based priors.

I-Guard™: the integrated I-Guard sensor continually guards and adjusts the luminance output of the display, ensuring continuous compliance with the DICOM standard.

QAWeb: the innovative MediCal QAWeb system is an easy-to-use, web-based tool for automated calibration and Quality Assurance.

Adjustable dual-head stand: the dual-head stand allows users to angle the displays to fit their preferred position for optimum viewing.

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