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Planar Systems receives U.S. FDA clearance for new product with 4-megapixel color display

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2006 MAR 19 - (NewsRx.com) -- Planar Systems, Inc. (PLNR) announced that it has received U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its Dome E4c, the first 4-megapixel color display medically certified for the viewing of diagnostic images.

The Dome E4c is available now through Planar's reseller partners and OEMs.

Part of Planar's recently introduced Dome EX line, this widescreen display can increase efficiency and productivity for professionals in the areas of radiology, cardiology, nuclear medicine (NM), positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT), dermatology and in the operating room. New features, such as the 16:9 display format, offer significantly more screen space and the ability to show 15 full size 512 x 512 images on one screen.

The Dome E4c supports an open architecture design which allows users to gain access to state-of-the-art graphics standards, such as OpenGL and DirectX, providing the capability of 2-D color imaging, image fusion, high-speed 3-D and volumetric rendering for navigation and visualization functionality. In addition, the open architecture support enables faster display performance and seamless integration of future standard enhancements.

Unlike commercially available displays, the Dome E4c has been tested and certified to ensure it meets the standards for diagnostic imaging and medical devices. A critical difference is that standard commercial displays contain a palette of only 256 shades of gray, compared to the Dome E4c, with a palette of 1786 shades of gray, providing the best image representation available on a color display.

The Dome E4c is now shipping complete with Dome CXtra software, which monitors, controls and adjusts Dicom calibration of Dome displays to the users' desired luminance across all gray levels. This display is also compatible with Dome Dashboard software, a console application which enables PACS administrators and information technology managers to centrally manage, control and report on their entire line of Dome medical imaging displays.

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