Importance of DICOM Calibration for Medical Displays

DICOM is the standardized regulation for maintaining the color prospects of medical display monitors. These include x-ray monitors, radiology, CT Scans, and more. Regulated by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR), DICOM 14 recently provided strict guidelines for the calibration of grayscale in medical images for all monitors. The reason why you must be equally equipped DICOM is due to the following ways it helps in making the correct diagnosis.

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How DICOM helps?

The term DICOM doesnt refer to a single software, but the collective rules for grayscale standard display function that the medical industry needs to follow. Without DICOM, accurate diagnostics of patients or sample images is not possible. There are several software applications that you can use to calibrate your monitor to meet the DICOM standards, but do note that there’s no monopoly over DICOM software, and thus, you’ll need to pay thorough observation while purchasing a DICOM calibration software for your medical facility.

DICOM calibration helps medical practitioners in the following ways:

· Consistency: For diagnosing a patient, physicians may require medical imaging at recurrent times. It is due to DICOM calibration that they are able to get the same results every single time they view the image.

· Increasing Luminance: To get the perfect greyscale that is recognizable by a naked human eye, a DICOM software sets the standardized luminance all over the image.

· Accuracy: Without the calibration, it is impossible for the human eye to detect defects in an X-ray or some other medical scan as there’s a limit to the grayscale that we can differentiate. When the luminance is increased and the image is calibrated, it gets easier to identify the defects.

· Image Sharing: Without standardized calibration, it is not possible to display the same image in multiple screens and get the same results. Each and every screen’s display and color configuration is different, which DICOM corrects for the purpose of image sharing as well.

How does DICOM Calibration work?

There are two ways to calibrate a medical monitor according to the DICOM standards:

  • The first method is by installing a backlight control sensor that measures the peak luminance off the backlight.
  • The second method is to install a tiny sensor at the top right side of the active area. The sensor is put on the front of the display and is connected to some software to measure the luminance.

What is QUBYX?

QUBYX is the supplier of the renowned DICOM calibration software PerfectLum 4. The software provides quick and fast calibration to medical monitor systems and is available at an affordable cost. You can also get the software custom-designed to meet your requirements along with complete reporting and database records. Some other features of the PerfectLum 4 software include a built-in quality management system for NYPDM and NYCPDM and remote QA server.

You can contact our experts anytime at QUBYX for more info. We are available for your assistance 24/7.

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