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Assessing tradeoffs between high-end performance and low-end standards in display systems.
Author(s): Peter M. Steven; Marlin E. Cobb; Karen D. Miller
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Paper Abstract

The use of standards in hardware and software development has long been the subject for debate within medical-imaging companies. Adhering to standards in hardware often yields lower cost and more flexible and easily upgraded systems. Software standards reduce engineering cost and speed the introduction of new products, while providing more consistent and well-understood user interface environments. Unfortunately, within medical imaging, the advantages of standards have been much less clear. The special requirements of medical imaging have often overwhelmed both hardware and software standards. Custom system development was frequently the only way to produce adequately functional workstations. Now, as the industry moves towards broadly available imaging workstations, it is important to review the advantages of standards. If available standards can be made to fit the needs of the medical-imaging community, it is appropriate and important for medical-imaging companies to begin to provide systems based on industry-wide standards. We argue that the best approach is a balanced, semi-custom system that provides high performance with as much compliance with hardware and software standards as possible without compromising system efficacy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2164, Medical Imaging 1994: Image Capture, Formatting, and Display, (1 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.174006
Show Author Affiliations
Peter M. Steven, DOME Imaging Systems, Inc. (United States)
Marlin E. Cobb, DOME Imaging Systems, Inc. (United States)
Karen D. Miller, DOME Imaging Systems, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2164:
Medical Imaging 1994: Image Capture, Formatting, and Display
Yongmin Kim, Editor(s)

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