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Beatrix Hospital selects Barco 6 MegaPixel diagnostic display system for PACS programme

Barco : 22 July, 2008  (Application Story)
After early contracts in the USA, Australia, Korea, Belgium, Germany and France, Barco has received an order for Coronis Fusion 6MP DL, the world’s first 6 MegaPixel diagnostic display system, under a PACS installation project in the Beatrix Hospital in Gorinchem, the Netherlands.
The order is part of a larger PACS installation programme carried out by Philips Healthcare.

Coronis Fusion 6MP DL is the latest extension of Barco’s diagnostic display offering. The system introduces the world’s first seamless 30-inch colour LCD that can be used either as two seamless 3 MegaPixel heads or as one wide-screen 6 MegaPixel display. The system makes it possible for radiologists to read chest X-ray, CT, MR, cath and echo cardiogram images, or any other combination, side by side on a single diagnostic screen. This wide-screen LCD screen is combined with a high-performance display controller and an online system for automated softcopy Quality Assurance, resulting in a turnkey solution for PACS imaging.

In its search for the preferred softcopy display solution, the Beatrix Hospital set up a steering group that brought together the radiology department, a clinical physicist and an external consultancy company. Radiologist Dr de Leeuw was impressed the high-grade image quality of the new Coronis Fusion 6MP DL display system: “Thanks to its innovative IPS-Pro LCD technology, it presents medical content with exceptional homogeneity and clarity and with a very broad spectrum of just noticeable grayscale differences. This makes it a very versatile solution for our multi-modality PACS environment, including X-ray, CT, MRI and other images. Moreover, we very much appreciate the system’s very wide viewing angle, which will allow us to gather around one display with fellow radiologists to share opinions and jointly develop treatment paths for our patients.”

Richard Sommer, managing partner at consultancy company H2W, added: “After a hands-on demonstration of the Barco Coronis Fusion 6MP DL, it became self-evident that Barco’s solution offered the best answer for the multi-modality imaging needs of the Beatrix Hospital.”

Barco’s Coronis Fusion 6MP DL display systems will be integrated into a large PACS installation project, implemented by Philips Healthcare. “The new PACS solution will introduce a more streamlined imaging workflow in the Beatrix Hospital, enabling physicians to better focus on patient care. The brand-new Coronis Fusion 6MP DL from Barco is a vital element is this new PACS environment, because it enables radiologists to view all color and grayscale studies on a seamless, high-resolution 30-inch diagnostic viewport,” said Johan van den Berg, project manager at Philips.

“The Coronis Fusion 6MP DL offers the Beatrix Hospital a versatile, future-proof visualisation solution apt for a broad spectrum of modalities that deliver diagnostic grayscale as well as colour images. In addition, the hospital will benefit from the peace of mind that comes with the product’s standard 5-year warranty,” concluded Luc Colle, regional director EMEA at Barco.

Under the same contract, the Dutch hospital also ordered Barco’s dedicated 5 MegaPixel grayscale display systems for digital mammography. Equipped with proven technology, these ‘Coronis 5MP Mammo’ systems will refine clinical diagnoses and increase productivity in the hospital’s mammography department.
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