Dell Builds First Medical Monitor

By Tom Allen
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Dell has produced its first monitor specifically designed for the healthcare environment. The MR2416 will be shown at RSNA 2015, which begins on the 29th November in Chicago, and is the first in a line of upcoming medical displays.

Anti-reflective, edge-to-edge front glass covers the 24″ display. The monitor is fully sealed and IP32-compliant. Cleaning agents (up to 75% concentrated ethyl alcohol solution) can be used on the product.

The MR2416 is Dicom-compliant for greyscale images, so can be used as a review monitor. This calibration will be maintained throughout the unit’s life, thanks to intelligent backlight stabilisation control. In addition, the device meets the IEC 60601-1 standard for design and safety requirements.

Orientation can be switched between landscape and portrait, the monitor can be tilted (-5° to 21°), swivelled (120°) and pivoted (90°). It is also height-adjustable to 130mm.

Display resolution is 1920 x 1200, and an IPS panel provides the screen with 178° viewing angles, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio and 15ms response time. Brightness is 300 cd/m² (180 cd/m² calibrated). Colour gamut coverage is 110% sRGB, 99% CIE1976 and 78% CIE1931. DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, USB-B and USB-A (x2) ports are featured.

Dell is selling the monitor in the USA now, for $1,100.

Analyst Comment

Dell made it clear that this monitor is “Not designed or intended for use in primary medical image interpretation or active patient monitoring”, so it is not a diagnostic display. Like Philips, Dell seems to be aiming at the “general medical” application area rather than radiology or diagnostics. (BR)