Bonn University Hospital and Dutch hospital MC Leeuwarden to opt for Barco

Kortrijk 11 March 2010The MC Leeuwarden, based in Friesland, The Netherlands has selected Barco's clinical review displays. The Medical Centre Leeuwarden is a top medical teaching hospital with locations in Leeuwarden and Harlingen, The Netherlands. Both locations will install Barco's industry leading medical displays. Medical imaging specialist Barco has also received a significant display order from Agfa HealthCare, Mortsel, Belgium, as part of a large-scale hospital digitalization project in Germany. The displays will be installed throughout the radiology department and in some prioritized clinical departments of the University Hospital in Bonn (UKB). To ensure the highest image quality over time, the hospital will also deploy Barco's web-based service for intervention-free Quality Assurance.


"We are pleased to have been selected for this major Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), which will take diagnostic imaging at UKB to the forefront of PACS technology. Through our many years of close co-operation with Barco, we have been able to support the health care community with innovative and dependable imaging systems committed to supporting productivity and the physician's work flow in diagnostic imaging - a winning combination", stated Winfried Post, General Manager Agfa HealthCare D-A-CH.

Barco's comprehensive product catalogue allowed UKB to select a state-of-the-art visualization solution for its hospital-wide imaging needs. For its radiology reading rooms, the hospital opted for Barco's breakthrough Coronis Fusion 6MP DL display system, featuring a unique 30-inch colour LCD screen with a 3280 x 2048 resolution. Dr. Wolfgang Block, M.D., Head of Radiology at UKB and project leader of the RIS/PACS implementation commented: "With its Coronis Fusion 6MP DL, Barco has developed a diagnostic display system that perfectly responds to the needs of a modern, multi-modality radiology environment. Its extremely high brightness and contrast allows us to read colour, grayscale and fused modalities simultaneously on a single, seamless display system to improve and facilitate our diagnostic decisions."

Besides diagnostic displays, UKB has also ordered 80 units of the recently-launched Barco MDRC clinical review monitors. These 1.3 and 2 MegaPixel colour medical displays will be used as review monitors in a number of hospital departments where access to radiology-quality images at the point of care is required. Thanks to their professional-quality LCD-panel and diagnostic-display quality backlight technology and preset DICOM-settings, the MDRCs provide physicians with more accurate grayscales, better contrast and a wider viewing angle than other displays on the market.

To maintain consistent image quality on all its PACS stations, UKB will also implement Barco's on-line Quality Assurance service, MediCal QAWeb. "With MediCal QAWeb, we will be able to access a full set of smart tools for display calibration, Quality Assurance and hospital-wide display fleet management from a single location saving us time and money", explained Dr. Block. "In addition, our physicians and radiologists can be assured that their display stations everywhere in UKB will always be compliant with the highest quality standards, including the DIN guidelines."

The University Hospital of Bonn has been an independent public corporation since 1 January 2001. It is a hospital of the maximum care category with an orientation towards the most recent findings in science and research. Specialists from a multitude of disciplines collaborate closely in various centres, adhering to the motto of "quality from a single source" in order to guarantee state-of-the-art medical care to their patients. Furthermore, the Hospital has close ties with the Medical Faculty through research and teaching.

The Medical Centre Leeuwarden (MCL) has earned the reputation as one of the most modern, quality driven hospitals in The Netherlands. It is a very well-known teaching hospital and takes pride in having the highest quality equipment available in order to provide their patients with the best possible care. Last year, the hospital physicians began evaluating clinical review display systems for image review.

Dr. Willy Hummel is a clinical physicist at the MCL and is known for her dedication to the quality assurance of medical display systems. After careful evaluation, Dr. Hummel was very impressed with Barco's MediCal QAWeb software service: "I've been giving workshops about the quality assurance of medical displays for many years and was surprised by its functionality level and ease of use. It guarantees maximum confidence and uptime of the display systems at all times, which is of the utmost importance for any hospital." MediCal QAWeb is an on-line software service that includes smart features for intervention-free calibration, quality assurance and display asset management throughout the entire hospital enterprise.

The hospital was looking for a uniform display system that could be used in all departments and in both locations. Dr. Willy Hummel continued: "We did a careful evaluation of various manufacturers and Barco came out as the best solution for us. The combination of their clinical review displays with MediCal QAWeb software guarantees us DICOM-compliant images at all times. The software programme also offers a functionality to adjust the light output of the display in order to match the ambient light, a feature that assures us even more dependable readings. Upon special request, Barco also increased the remote capabilities of MediCal QAWeb to meet our high standard requirements for clinical review displays."

Barco's MDRC series is a full line of clinical review displays for DICOM-compliant viewing at the point of patient care. Equipped with professional LCD-technology and a built-in DICOM Look-Up Table, the MDRC presents medical images with more accurate grayscales, better contrast and a wider viewing angle than conventional computer monitors.

The Medical Centre Leeuwarden is a top clinical hospital with locations in Leeuwarden and Harlingen, the Netherlands. Thanks to a dedicated, caring team of doctors, nurses and paramedics, the hospital provides its clients with the best possible patient care.

Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco is active in more than 90 countries with about 3100 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 638 million euro in 2009. More company news is available in the VMW November 2005 article Fuji upgrades Synapse PACS to Barco's 3D imaging software.

Source: Barco

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