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Getting the most out of digital image viewing
Digital imaging systems are only as strong as their weakest link. Don't shortchange your high-quality radiographs with substandard digital viewing software or technology or an inadequate reviewing environment.



Digital imaging systems are often referred to as imaging chains in which the diagnostic utility of the system is limited by its weakest link. For this reason, it is important not to limit an imaging system with low-quality monitors. However, a good-quality monitor will not compensate for poor-quality radiographs or a low-quality digital radiography system.

Monitor purchasing decisions should depend on the requirements of the practice and the uses of the workstation. Ideally, all clinics using digital radiography would be equipped with high-quality, high-resolution grayscale monitors. At a minimum, a medical-grade monitor is recommended for the primary workstation, but a high-quality consumer-grade monitor can be considered for other applications.20

Sarah M. Puchalski, DVM, DACVR
Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California
Davis, CA 95616


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