In the next 10 years, the medical technology industry is projected to shift from systems dependent on CRTs to those reliant on LCDs. Although there are a host of foreseeable benefits to the technological advancement, it also poses a serious concern: Will existing modalities have to be replaced in order to be LCD compatible?
As an alternative to the purchase of entirely new systems, Ampronix has introduced Modalixx, an LCD display system compatible with Cath Lab, MRI, CT, RF rooms, Mobile C-Arm, computed radiography, PET scanner, and nuclear medicine modalities. In addition, the company says Modalixx is relatively low-cost with a long life span, requiring fewer repairs than CRTs.
Switching over from CRT to LCD would offer brighter resolutions, lower power consumption and no radiation emissions. The company says it can replace all types of modality CRT’s, sync to an existing technology set-up, and can receive any video signal parameters. Compatible systems include Eizo, GE, Phillips, Siemens and Toshiba, among others.
With inputs ranging from one to five BNCs and 15 pin D-Sub connectors, a range of analog connectivity is provided. The technology allows Modalixx to convert small matrix pictures from analog to two megapixel images, thus converting medical renderings without compromising the integrity of images, allowing medical professionals to zoom-in or zoom-out at their choosing.
Without set universal standards for medical grade displays, the responsibility falls largely on individual companies to upgrade technology as needed to provide optimized care, according to the company.