Month: April 2020
Medical-Grade Monitors: Not Your Standard Desktop Monitors
The demand for seeing doctors virtually, rather than in person, has skyrocketed. As a result more doctors are working remotely from home with workstations often equipped with DICOM Part 14 compliant medical-grade monitors, which are far from standard desktop monitors. More radiologists are working from home as well, using medical-grade monitors. And in hospitals and surgical centers, medical-grade monitors are helping surgeons perform critical procedures.
To ensure image accuracy across devices, DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Part 14 compliance enables the observer to discern all 256 discernible shades of gray in medical images viewed from various medical imaging modalities. Medical-grade monitors also have IEC60601 safety approval. The power supply is designed to eliminate the danger of shocking or electrocuting the patient. The monitors are shielded to eliminate electromagnetic interference with other critical devices. And they can be used in close proximity to the patient.
We’ll go over three types of medical monitors as well as some of the features that can help keep the monitors functioning at their best for years to come.
Diagnostic Monitors are used by medical professionals to view patients’ medical images in order to make a precise diagnosis. A typical radiology workstation can have from two to four diagnostic monitors.
Important for diagnostic monitors are features such as high brightness, to help doctors discern even the finest details. Internal backlight sensors ensure that the image stays stable, and remote & self-calibration helps the monitors deliver consistent medical images with minimal need for adjustments, so the medical professionals can focus completely on their jobs. An auto luminance sensor can help ensure consistent brightness for DICOM conformance over time. Remote software allows calibration to be managed by IT to ensure image quality and consistency, maintaining accurate values. These features can help enable more professional decision-making, diagnostic confidence and workflow.
Clinical Review Monitors differ from diagnostic monitors in that they are typically used for checking medical images, referral or other activities supporting diagnosis. Used to read CT, MRI and Ultrasound at home, they are DICOM Part 14 compliant for a consistent grayscale so that doctors can double-check data based on accurate medical images. Imaging centers that feed into hospitals also use clinical review monitors for their physicians to read and review images prior to sending. Brightness stabilization, dynamic sync, picture-by-picture (PBP), flicker safe and reader mode are important features to look for.
Surgical Monitors are used in operating rooms, and need to have a high degree of accuracy to help surgeons to perform procedures without incident. With surgical monitors the images are usually fed by cameras; one that the surgeon wears on the head, and another in an endoscope that goes deep into the patient’s body. Surgical monitors need to be able to show accurate colors, especially with shades of red, as the surgeon works in real time.
The surgical environment is one that can create certain issues, and typically requires that the monitors be dustproof and water-resistant, and protected against unexpected contact with substances such as blood, bodily fluids and powdered medication. Other critical features are low input lag and a quick response time, so that the image the camera sees as it moves is displayed virtually instantaneously, and the surgeon doesn’t need to slow down and wait for the image to catch up. Also, flicker safe technology, designed to reduce flickering that can cause eye fatigue, can help the surgeon view images more comfortably for an extended period.
Digital X-ray Detectors are not monitors, but they play a key role as they feed images to the monitors and need to ensure accuracy with the highest image quality. To that end, 16-bit A/D conversion is an ideal feature.
LG medical displays are optimized and built to meet international medical digital image standards, assisting doctors in making precise and accurate medical judgements through a wide selection of products. We’ve created a new LG Medical Display Digital Experience 2020 webpage, where you can check out the latest medical monitors, download data sheets and explore digital signage solutions, too. We invite you to take a tour today.
LG Hospital Grade Personal Smart Touch Screen TV Entertains, Engages and Educates Patients
It’s a smart solution for enhancing the patient experience. The 15-inch touch screen TV 15LT766A is UL Listed for use in healthcare facilities, which ensures a safe product for patient room use. It can be used as an arm TV, with low-voltage, power over coax (PoC) – using a single cable to bring both power and content to the TV through the arm. The display panel is designed so that it can be cleaned thoroughly, and the rounded corners of the TV reduce the possibility of the TV bumping harshly into staff, patients or family visitors.
The Full HD multi-touch screen recognizes the presence of more than two points of contact with the surface, allowing multiple users in a hospital setting to experience interactive services (e.g., doctor and patient) and entertainment (e.g., patient and family). And IPS technology provides a true wide viewing angle so all can clearly see the picture with virtually no image degradation.
With its multi-touch screen and integrated webOS 3.5, a platform that facilitates solutions from Patient Engagement Solution Providers in the industry, the TV can enable the use of a patient-specific education system. In the hospital, effective communication between the patient, family members and clinical team is key to a better patient experience and good outcomes. Using a patient education system also reduces the need for paper collateral and can eliminate the need for printed material about the patient’s condition.
With a patient education system in place, hospitals can use the 15LT766A to send the patient educational video content specific to their diagnosis and treatment, and even verify that the patient has viewed it. If the treatment calls for diet restrictions, for example, the patient can select a menu option from the welcome screen and set up their diet plan while they are in the hospital. The hospital may also provide daily updates and the discharge date on the welcome screen, as well as a patient discharge survey. At every step of the way, the personal smart touch screen TV can help engage the patient in their own care while lending an accommodating digital bedside manner.
The 15LT766A as well as other LG hospital grade TVs can bring expanded ROI to the facility in four key ways:
1) A large portion of the ROI could come from movie rentals, as LG’s integrated Pro:Idiom® enables access to premium HD content, monetizing with the ability to provide premium services for patients.
2) Provide the patient with pre-loaded applications, including many popular games, YouTube, web browser and others, for expanded, homelike entertainment.
3) Reduce risk by educating patients and doing it in a way that is attractive to them.
4) Provide patients with a discharge survey where the hospital can be scored based on the patient experience. The ability to rent movies, play games, select a preferred meal menu and view specific diagnosis and care information on the TV can enhance the patient experience and result in higher survey scores.
LG offers the widest range of TVs to suit virtually any hospital need and budget. Hospitals have found that partnering with LG for hospital grade televisions is good for their patients, and good for business.
Working From Home Can Be Easier With the Right Gear
Right now many businesses are encountering unique challenges as their employees transition to working from home. Amid all the disruption the goal is to help keep everyone safe, and to try to carry on as close to ‘business as usual’ as possible.
Working from home can be tough. Even tougher without the right equipment. People unaccustomed to working from home may not be set up for high productivity. Many might not have the spare space or even a desk, and some are getting quite creative with their makeshift workstations.
When it comes to high productivity, LG can help. We have a full selection of easy to set up IT solutions such as ultrawide computer monitors, super-lightweight laptops, and secure cloud computing products that can make exceptionally good rigs during these stay-at-home times. And after. Let’s look at a few.
If you have a desk or spare table, the 49-inch Curved UltraWide Dual QHD IPS Monitor makes multitasking super simple with four feet of beautiful digital workspace. Besides having more than double the pixels of standard 27-inch monitors, it’s wide enough to view multiple screens at once.
With just one cable you can connect this display with your other devices for data sharing and laptop charging. Additionally, a dual controller enables management of multiple devices via a single mouse and keyboard.
When your quiet space could vanish when the kids wake up, the LG gram 17 is the ultimate lightweight, go-anywhere powerhouse. With a crisp, vivid 17-inch IPS display in a 15-inch frame, and weighing under 3 lbs., the LG gram 17 is easy to work with, easy to carry, and packed with performance. And the screen’s 16:10 aspect ratio provides plenty of room to view information that might otherwise be hidden with smaller, conventional screens.
Don’t worry about needing an AC outlet nearby, as the LG gram 17’s heavy-duty battery lasts up to 19.5 hours. What’s more, Windows 10 Pro with the 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processor (i7) can reliably handle a heavy workload quickly and efficiently.
If your business uses a VDI, LG Thin Client or Zero Client cloud endpoints can help keep your information secure and accessible from virtually any location. So create a home office for success. LG’s variety of form factors, and the company’s excellence in display products, can add value to a remote virtual work environment with better performance, and lower costs.
LG IT Solutions are built with cutting-edge technology and in accordance with LG’s rigorous quality standards. When you choose LG, working from home can still be efficient. Take care and stay safe.