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    Medical-Grade a Myth

    Posted by Colin Christie on November 28, 2016

    The American College of Radiology (ACR) does not have a specific “medical-grade” requirement for monitors. The term is only used as guidance. In its Technical Standard for Electronic Practice of Medical Imaging Paper, ACR states that “practice parameters and technical standards are not inflexible rules of requirements of practice, and are not intended, nor should they be used, to establish a legal standard of care.”

    The radiologist therefore, has the sole discretion in determining if a displayed image is diagnostic and appropriate for use.

    Newer models of professional monitors are now available, ready to meet and/or exceed the ACR guidance. Examples are Samsung’s UD970 and UD590. Referring to the Samsung technical note for these monitors, “Based on the details presented, of the two UHD monitors, both meet the specification standard of the American College of Radiology.”

    The ACR itself concludes in its IT Reference Guide for the Practicing Radiologist published in 2013 that, “Cost considerations are increasingly guiding display selection, but it is important to remember that even professional graphics displays can be used effectively for diagnostic interpretation of radiologic images if the basic setup and calibration guidelines are followed.”

     This is an excerpt from Lifetrack Medical Systems’ white paper, “Debunking the Myth of Medical-Grade Monitors.” To view the full report, please click on this link:.