Any advice for a monitor that can be used for teleradiology practice?

Any advice for a monitor that can be used for teleradiology practice ?

I know that a medical grade monitor is recommended … but can I get a cheaper 4K monitor for nearly the same purpose?

I would highly recommend going medical grade. Pretty sure if something is missed/messed up and it’s traced back to the display it could be a liability issue. Though I am not a lawyer, so take that as you will.

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Even if you got a “cheaper” 4k screen you would need something with very very high accuracy and contrast like something from the Asus Proart series and the one I would look at is $2600 so not sure it will actually save you any money unless your talking a 50k monitor.

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Find a used medical grade, or write the purchase of a monitor into the contract.

You do not want to own this liability.

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No advice here. Perhaps no one will offer advice due to the way the question is phrased. lol

I was curious about what “your people” have to say. It seems quite opinionated. Some studies found “medical grade” has the edge. Some found “commercially off the shelf” equally good in getting their jobs done. Some found “professional grade” (i.e. for graphic designers/creators) good alternative. Surprisingly depends on company policy, not all medical roles are offered with “medical grade” monitors. lol

So perhaps check with your people in the same trade as you.

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i worked in a hospital and i have even repaired a few ‘medical grade’ monitors to save money.

The panel is generally identical to some off the shelf high end monitor on sale already. the only difference is the certification ‘for medical use’. typically it is not even a super high end panel, while they do need great color and pixel density, we had a 27 inch screen that had a max refresh rate of 24hz.

it is a CYA thing.

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I checked a couple “medical grade” monitors by LG. Not much particularly interesting. Some certification (for USA or not) features stand out. Such as DICOM, black stabilizer, “pathology.” Not that non “medical grade” monitors might not meet these requirement but don’t have such monikers checked.

I think “hospital use” may have extra requirement such as restricter EMI emission standard.

What is CYA?

Cover Your Ass

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I thought it was some sort of certification related to medical/hospital.

perhaps it’s.

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they very well might, BUT with out the certification the PROVIDER is liable for anything that can be blamed on a visual misrepresentation.

most of the time, people in the medical field try to avoid being sued. so it is a Cover Your Ass certification.

Yes. I get your point of CYA. I hope my initial response was clear enough to OP. I summarized what I read from research papers about some of the practices in medical industries. And I suggested to him to check with his peers in his industry.

I’m little interest in the legal aspect of things in continued participation of this thread. I’m quite interested in technical aspects of so called “medical grade” monitors or some factual/anecdotal regulations about IT in medical fields.

none

it is only this.

the Technology aspect can best be discribed as ‘old as dirt but reliable’. that is all there is to it. It entirely comes down to legal aspects of providers avoiding being sued.

if you were hoping for a whitepaper on monitor aspects relating to DPI and medical imaging equipment, they are exceptionally vague. however getting a device certified is exceptionally expensive. All to suit the needs of the previous comment.

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I’m sure some people will get sued in some cases somewhere in the medical industry around the world if something bad happens. Sorry to say but that’s a boring discourse.

I skimmed through a research paper [0] about monitors used in medical field yesterday. Perhaps you or some folks in the audience will find it interesting.

[0] Display Characteristics and Their Impact on Digital Pathology: A Current Review of Pathologists' Future "Microscope" - PubMed

Hey I work in the field.

Your best bet would be to get a monochrome second hand proper Medical Grade monitor like Eizo display off Facebook Marketplace or eBay. Monochrome displays really have a poor resell value so they come in really cheap if you encounter one.

If you want brand new, OLED HDR displays are the desired one, particularly if you could get the 1000 peak nits brightness display. The cheapest display I could purchase brand new, sadly is… attached to a laptop: Asus Vivobook Pro 14 OLED. Its just 600 peak nits brightness but it is good enough. You could also go for Apple products (iPads, Macbook Pros). They’re ok-ish but not really price reasonable. At that price, I’d rather go for the real thing.

The alternative would be to get an LG TV, the well reviewed LG C2 would be my go to model but Its a little too big to do telerad but it fits the 1000 nits, IIRC.

Dont forget to let the monitor/TV get sufficiently warm on standby before actually doing reading, IIRC, as one of the spec of being medical grade is to get warmth of the display just enough to read.

Get a monitor calibrator if you want. One of the spec of medical grade monitors is that it is self calibrating. Again, wait for your device to warm up to do calibration prior to use and just before power off.

Cheers!

Also, know your laws/rules/regulations and consult your Legal department if you have one. Out there in the wild, its fine. In the 3rd world where I live, no one really cares. Often times you get sent JPGs anyway, instead of DICOM so :person_shrugging:

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Certification for medical grade devices concern is for electrical safety in an oxygen rich environment.
For image clarity! I would recommend vizio monitors or tvs.

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