The resolution of these screens is four times the high end HD (1920 x 1080) we are used to. To ‘map’ multiple images onto such a monitor requires a processor able to output this resolution. This processor also has to accept image sources of various resolutions and ‘map’ them at the required size onto the final display. To be useful, the image processor must be connected to at least 12 image sources, each of which is likely to be up to 1600 x 1200 resolution, but can also be fluoroscopy and ultrasound in a variety of shapes and sizes and resolutions. This is a major and complex task.
The leader in this field is Carrot Medical, a company based in Massachusetts, USA, that has carried out many successful installations in many top GE equipped labs. Carrot is the frontrunner because they provide the only complete system, ready to use, with touch panel control of source display and a fitting in the monitor gantry that most labs already have installed.
So, it is possible to remove the existing six or eight monitor gantry and substitute a multi-image 50” monitor. Why would you? The images can be arranged in patterns – all the same size or some larger and some smaller. You can pick from up to 24 images and change what is in front of you instantly. Any critical image can be ‘popped’ to full screen for a period.
Images can be from any source – no longer monitor specific:
- They can be colour, monochrome, video or data.
- You can choose any image and any position – in an instant.
- The control room can have a ‘clone’ of this display – and a seminar room can have a clone of this display with two-way audio.
- This allows remote participants to follow the procedure ‘as seen’ by the medical team.
- This will be a valuable advance for support teams and for trainers.