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VR Interfaces: REALiS SX80 Mark II D Projector (DICOM Projector)


Overview of REALiS SX80 Mark II D Projector (DICOM Projector)
DICOM, or Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine is one of two standardised image formats created to aid the distribution and viewing of medical images. DICOM is used throughout North America, and is also used more further afield to varying extents. It is one of two such standardised formats. The other is the British developed PACS, or Picture Archiving and Communications System.

The two formats are not compatible directly compatible of course, but information in each, can be converted to the other in a reliable, and predictable manner. What is required is display devices capable of natively processing either DICOM or PACS standard data.

Two such devices are the Canon projectors REALiS WUX10 Mark II D and REALiS SX80 Mark II D. Both share the relatively unique feat for projector systems, of being able to handle standardised medical images, with internal hardware configured to interpret and correctly display the data.

As medical science becomes increasingly augmented by computerised capabilities and it becomes possible to display patient data on many traditionally higher interaction devices such as phones, PDAs, and surgical screens, so, the training and general presentation side of things has been increasingly left out. Hopefully these two projectors will encourage other manufacturers to include native image standard processing.

The main advantage of DICOM mode in the case of the projectors, is that because the projector understands what the varying levels of shading on the image actually signify, the internal processor is able to dynamically reconfigure any data displayed in that format, through what are currently 21 different shading options. This involves recolouring the image at the projector level, as it is being displayed, without having to manually alter the source files.

Thus, presentations can be adjusted on the fly, to show different aspects of the image, and to account for varying light levels, by adjusting the contrast of each part of the medical data independently.

This projector is the less powerful of the two, aimed more at budget markets. The main differences are resolution and megapixel capability, which are approximately half those of the WUX10.

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