Even disregarding their amazing thinness, OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays are pretty remarkable when compared to today’s high-end LCDs. Because they don’t use backlighting, instead having each pixel produce its own light, the blacks effectively are black and therefore the contrast ratio turns out to be very high. Moreover, the viewing angle is much larger than backlit LCDs and the response time of the screen is considerably faster. All in all, these are characteristics we hope to see in all future medical monitors that surgeons, radiologists, and others rely for making diagnoses and performing interventional procedures.
Luckily for us and our hope for the future, Sony has released the world’s first medical grade OLED monitor, the PVM-2551MD, a 24.5-inch screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and a 10 bit color driver to round out the package. The suggested retail price is $9995, a small price to pay for some that demand the best video reproduction available.
Some of the features of the monitor from the product page:
TRIMASTER EL offers highest picture quality
TRIMASTER EL technology is a design architecture that enables the highest level of colour accuracy, precision imaging, and picture-quality consistency. Because the EL (Electro-Luminescence) layer inherently responds to any electrical current input, it emits light immediately. This allows excellent quick response characteristics in fast-motion images.
Superb black performance
Thanks to Sony OLED display technology, all details in the black can be easily seen. It provides superb colour reproduction, especially for dark images. This enables medical professionals to observe very subtle details in each image. For example, the faint colour differences of tissue under low-light conditions such as blood vessels, membrane and fat, are correctly reproduced.
Uniformity of image across screen
The PVM-2551MD monitor incorporates a specially-developed OLED processor to bring out the full performance of the Sony OLED panels. This OLED processor offers superb uniformity across the whole screen.
The PVM-2551MD is UL 60601-1 listed and complies with CSA 22.2 No.60601 and EN 60601-1 safety regulations. It is therefore suitable for use in professional medical applications.
Variety of scan and display modes
There are various image scan modes – such as Normal/Over scan, Under scan, Full, Zoom and Native – allowing users to select the most suitable scan mode depending on the requirements. Furthermore, the PVM-2551MD provides a variety of display modes including Mirror Image, Side-by-Side, Picture-in-Picture, and Picture-out-Picture, which allow users to optimally view images according to each particular application.
Variety of gamma curve settings
Users can choose from a variety of gamma settings – 1.8, 2.0, 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, and DICOM GSFD (Grayscale Standard Display Function) – depending on their requirements.
The PVM-2551MD employs a high-performance noise filter, which reduces effects on the monitor image that typically occur when an electrosurgical knife is used during surgery.
Product page: Sony PVM-2551MD…
Press release: Sony Announces World’s First Medical-Grade Monitor Utilizing Breakthrough OLED Technology