Medical

Jan 7, 2013

Advanced Surgical Training at the Pikos Institute

Located in Trinity, Florida, the Pikos Institute provides comprehensive training for dentists, oral surgeons and peridontists. The facility includes a new auditorium, exhibit area, administrative rooms and a specialized suite for dental implant surgery. This advanced training environment uses live patient teaching methods supported by high-resolution imagery, and RGB Spectrum's MediaWall® 1900 processor is a vital part of this remarkable system. During live surgical procedures, group training of up to 40 people can take place in the auditorium. Here, images can be magnified on screen, computer sources can be displayed, and presenters can address multiple groups. Effectively, the facility offers modern surgical training, either live or via videoconference, for doctors, surgeons, faculty members and guest speakers.

The MediaWall 1900 processor was installed in September, 2012 by system integrator AVI-SPL. The product provides the Pikos Institute faculty with the ability to display up to four simultaneous windows in real time, with no dropped frames, at the highest resolution possible. For sources, users can select between a podium PC, laptop, two HD inputs, a LifeSize® videoconferencing codec, a document camera, and Vaddio HD cameras in the operatory. Control is provided by Crestron touchscreen interfaces and a custom Crestron iPad application. The system also includes two Panasonic ceiling-mounted DW-6300 WXGA projectors, arranged in a 1X2 blend on a 6' x 18' Da-Lite front projection screen. The key factor in the selection of the MediaWall 1900 was flexibility. The Pikos Institute required a system that could "window" and position sources at different screen resolutions, with very little setup and extremely simple operations - and the MediaWall 1900 was the ideal solution. In combination with the Crestron control system, the MediaWall 1900 enables presenters to focus on content and ideas, rather than on how to operate the technology.

"The MediaWall 1900 provided the functionality we were looking for - functionality that was not available in a traditional presentation system processor," said Mark Robinson, Pikos Institute Director of Technology. "The CEO, Dr. Michael Pikos, is extremely pleased with the installation, and how easy it is to operate and control the elements during a presentation." Rebecca Criswell with AVI-SPL in Tampa commented on the Pikos Institute project. "We turned to RGB Spectrum because the customer had very demanding goals that needed to be met in multiple areas of functionality," noted Criswell. "The MediaWall 1900 was the perfect fit for the application. It demoed flawlessly, it installed easily, and it solved many challenges that the customer required us to meet. I am very pleased with the outcome."

For further information about the MediaWall 1900, or to submit inquiries for MediaWall 1900 applications, please email sales@rgb.com.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, Opto™ fiber optic products, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint MCMS™ control room management systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Apr 21, 2010

DVI Switching for the George Washington Medical Faculty Associates

The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) is the largest multi-specialty physician practice in Washington, D.C., with 550 physicians practicing in 47 clinical specialties. Among the MFA's more unique offerings is a Telemedicine service, offering instant and urgent medical counsel anywhere in the world - especially to doctors and other providers in remote locations lacking in medical resources. Subscribers range from cruise ship physicians, to oil riggers, to high net worth travelers. A subscriber to the service can speak directly to a physician without going through the typical nurse referral phase. Staffed by a team of ER-experienced MD's, MFA guarantees a minimum of three doctors available at any time.

In designing their Telemedicine system, the MFA chose to go beyond typical analog video signal quality and use pure digital DVI signals for patient information visualization. DVI (Digital Visual Interface) provides the highest quality and color accuracy to support diagnostic images from fluoroscopy, MRI and CT scans.

When a subscribing member calls the service, the responding physician can view all the information required for diagnosis and treatment advice. Three secure computers with dual head DVI graphics cards allow tracking of client location, event monitoring and access to patient histories. This information is displayed on two 52" and one 37" high- definition LCD flat panel displays.

With multiple sources and displays, a DVI switcher was clearly required. The RGB Spectrum Linx became the obvious choice due to its robust feature set, including the most comprehensive EDID management system available. A physician controls the Linx 8x8 switcher from a wireless touch panel, calling up the desired patient information on specific displays. Alternatively, the Linx 8x8 switcher also offers an integrated front panel touch screen and built-in web server as additional forms of control. On-board cable equalizers eliminate the need for outboard devices simplifying design, installation and operation while supporting the 30-70 foot long DVI cable runs in the facility.

The system was designed and installed by CTSI, Chantilly, VA. According to the account executive in charge of the project, Steve Mills, CTS-D, ease of installation and programming were key benefits of Linx. According to Mr. Mills, "The Linx DVI Switcher from RGB Spectrum was a perfect fit for our requirements and from the beginning it has worked exactly as advertised." The MFA staff further added, "With Linx, we have easy to use, instant and seamless control of all diagnostic and patient information. We couldn't function at this level without it."

For more information, visit http://www.gwdocs.com and http://www.ctsi-usa.com

To see more information on the Linx 8x8 DVI Switcher, visit: http://www.rgb.com/products/LinxDVIMatrixSwitcher

RGB Spectrum® is a leading designer and manufacturer of videographic and multimedia hardware subsystems. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, the RGB/Videolink® line of scan converters, the Linx™ DVI Matrix Switchers, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® DVI universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and ComputerWall® and MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Sep 19, 2017

Exeter Hospital Video Wall Presents Moving Display of Orthopedic Health

A vibrant 3x3 video wall provides a unifying message about the numerous services offered by the new Exeter Hospital Center for Orthopedics and Movement in New Hampshire. Dynamic content maximizes the display real estate with both moving and still images presented by RGB Spectrum’s Galileo display processor.

Opened to the public in 2015, the Center for Orthopedics and Movement centralizes several musculoskeletal practices to enhance collaboration and convenience for patients. The team-based center combines Exeter Hospitals offerings with those of Coastal New Hampshire Neurosurgeons and Core Physicians. Together this combines 25 providers who see an average of 270 patients every day. Specialties include orthopedics, sports medicine, rheumatology, neurology, podiatry, physiatry, acupuncture, rehabilitation services, massage therapy, and aquatic rehabilitation.

Content is Critical

When the Exeter Hospital Center for Orthopedics and Movement was in need of a cohesive brand campaign to promote its multitude of practices, it engaged the Bennett Group of Boston. The award-winning healthcare marketing and advertising agency began with a research and discovery process to create a name for the new center. Then it translated the idea of movement into the “What Moves You” video, print, and community engagement campaign.

For the moving images component, the highly engaging videos incorporate action shots from various outdoors pursuits enjoyed by New Hampshire’s residents, as well as depictions of active family life. Each video segment was developed to capture the power and energy of movement.

Each of the video wall’s nine screens were utilized in a creative expression of movement. Individual panels flip in unison to create one full-display video, and vice versa. Then the Bennett Agency’s videos are presented on a 2x2 configuration in one corner of the display, with the remaining five surrounding displays showing stills from community life in the region.

Each screen plays a role in the depiction of active life. The video wall, as a whole, delivers a powerful message to patients and visitors on a path to healing and wellness. Soon after the video wall at Exeter Hospital went live in June 2016, the Bennett Group won its fourth consecutive Best of Show prize from the National Healthcare Advertising Awards.

With so many types of care provided in one location, the hospital sought to emphasize the central element of its patient-centric care: movement. To help assert that statement, the lobby video wall greets patients and visitors with information and motivational content from the hospital’s “What Moves You” brand campaign. Rapid visual transitions incorporate video produced by the Bennett Agency, with images submitted by patients on Exeter Hospital’s orthopedics microsite.

Integrated by HB Communications, the video wall is comprised of nine 55-inch Samsung displays fed by the Galileo GO 16 display processor with input from four Visix digital signage players. The system is operated by a touch panel controller.

Full wall sized videos are interspersed with images on individual screens creating a dynamic, moving display wall. The content transitions from images on each of the nine displays, to a single video wall image, and then to a video surrounded by still images from community members.

After one year of use, Exeter Hospital’s information systems support team continues to get positive feedback about the high-quality video presentations and ease of use of the video wall. Especially appreciated is the Galileo display processor’s ability to easily program presets and toggle on and off individual video windows. This makes it easy to refresh and add content around the “What Moves You” video and the community images, to provide brand messaging and information for the facility and its approach to patient care.

Sep 10, 2013

Extending Mobile Health Care in Shanghai

The Shanghai Center for Disease Control (SCDC), established in 1998 as a consolidation of seven public health institutions, provides, among other services, high quality health care and disease control. The SCDC has established a fleet of mobile health care units which deliver medical services and support to residents that live in and around the Shanghai area. The command vehicle of the Mobile Laboratory for Disease Control is outfitted with RGB Spectrum's SuperView 5000 Multiviewer, which provides health care professionals and administrators with a comprehensive view of multiple sources of information.

The command vehicle is the core platform through which all mobile communications are coordinated. Used primarily by the SCDC's Immunization Team, this vehicle serves as the command center from which operators can direct mobile health vehicles to provide field treatment of patients. In addition, it serves as a meeting room where doctors and administrators discuss public health strategies and initiatives, as well as make crucial time-sensitive decisions in crisis situations.

The SuperView multiviewer is configured to display six signals in user-defined windows on a 65" monitor. Accommodating a mix of analog RGB and video signals, sources to the multiviewer include mobile cameras, epidemic assault vehicle cameras, 3G cameras, maps and GPS information, video conferencing signals from the China Health Bureau command center, as well as signals from local PCs. The multiviewer composites any six of these inputs into a single multi-window output for display.

The simultaneous display of multiple sources of information improves situational awareness and enhances the ability of operators to make critical health-care mobilization decisions. The multiviewer's portability and compact size allowed it to be installed in the command vehicle, and its outstanding reliability in demanding environments is another major advantage.

Insease Technology, the design company that installed the system, had high praise for the multiviewer. "The decision to select RGB Spectrum's products was definitely the right one," observed Qi Xie, the lead Design Engineer on this project. "This mobile unit project required high image quality, reliability, intuitive functionality, and vibration resistance, which were all key success factors. RGB Spectrum's SuperView multiviewer provided the excellent functionality and reliable quality that we needed, and our client is very satisfied with the product."

About RGB Spectrum

RGB Spectrum provides innovative solutions for the display, recording, and transmission of computer and video signals. Since its founding in 1987, RGB Spectrum has established itself as a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge graphics and video processors, and decision support systems. With advanced capabilities, proven reliability, and flexible user interfaces, RGB Spectrum's products are preferred by a "Who's Who" list of major global organizations in commercial, industrial, medical, educational, and military markets. Company offerings include multiviewers, video wall display processors, matrix switchers, streaming codecs and recorders, as well as integrated solutions for multi-user KVM and control room management.

RGB Spectrum is a privately held company based in Alameda, California. For more information about our products, please call 510-814-7000 or visit us online at http://www.rgb.com

 

Jan 27, 2009

How MediaWall Makes Neurosurgeons Happy

Recently the UCLA Medical Center commissioned their new high-tech Neurosurgical Operating Room Suite. Design criteria for the suite emphasized the need for new visualization capabilities. Leading edge Neurosurgery techniques expose the need for visual resource management technology that delivers flawless digital HD display images. To orchestrate the display of several medical telemetry and imaging sources, UCLA's integration partner, Karl Storz Endoscopy America, OR1 division specified a MediaWall® 2500 display processor.

Medical and diagnostic image sources include an endoscopic camera with a resolution of 1080p, surgical microscope, a room overview camera at 1080i, a surgical in-light camera, Stereo Tactile Surgical Navigation system, and a Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS) PC for medical images like patient x-rays. Other computer images displayed include patient vitals, nurse charting/scheduling and the display of mandated time-out protocol.

Previously, placing information in front of the surgeons, nurses and medical technicians required many separate diagnostic and display systems, each rolled into the operating room on their own carts. The equipment carts and their monitors produced a crowded and confusing environment. The new operating theater is free of individual diagnostic and display systems. All visual signals are routed to the MediaWall display processor by an RGB Spectrum Linx 8x8 routing DVI switcher. The MediaWall processor manages the view of all images on a 2x3 LCD display panel array. The images can be arranged to give the medical team a centralized, comprehensive wall of critical information.

Other criteria for choosing the RGB Spectrum system solution included 24/7/365 robust operation, digital image quality, ease of control and low power and air conditioning demands. In addition, the MediaWall display processor, based on embedded system architecture, has none of the PC and hard disk drive system maintenance costs of other systems.

The new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center delivers world-class medical treatment using cutting-edge technology in a compassionate, patient-focused environment. This one million-plus square foot, 10-story structure (eight above ground) is located in Santa Monica, CA. The hospital encompasses the operations of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. http://www.uclahealth.org/

Karl Storz Endoscopy America provided endoscopic visualization equipment and instrumentation. Karl Storz Endoscopy America, OR1 division, provided system integration design. http://www.karlstorz.com

System integration was performed by AVI-SPL, a leading AV systems integrator involved in projects all over the globe. http://www.avispl.com

RGB Spectrum® is a leading designer and manufacturer of videographic and multimedia hardware subsystems. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, the RGB/Videolink® line of scan converters, the Linx™ DVI Matrix Switchers, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® DVI universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and ComputerWall® and MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Mar 26, 2013

Life Saving Assist from RGB Spectrum

A new catheterization lab in a leading medical center brings together a host of advanced video and medical equipment to ensure each heart patient receives effective diagnosis and treatment in the quickest time possible. The objective is simple: clear blockages in under 90 minutes from the time a patient arrives. Achieving that objective requires highly trained surgeons and medical personnel, who rely on RGB Spectrum equipment to provide flawless image processing and enhanced control capabilities.

The process involves cameras that are inserted into the femoral artery; the camera is threaded through the arterial system that supplies blood to the patient. X-ray pictures are then taken and diagnosed. If a problem is found, interventional techniques are applied and monitored. The entire process is monitored and controlled live using RGB Spectrum's SuperView® 4100 Multiviewer with SinglePoint™ KvM.

The SuperView 4100 multiviewer enables medical personnel to view a variety of sources including diagnostic imaging equipment, catheterization devices, surgical light cameras, endoscopic cameras, computer servers, and network stored images in up to 8 windows on a single display.

SinglePoint KvM functionality on the multiviewer allows control of any source displayed; for example, to recall imagery and data from a patient's files. This kind of functionality can facilitate decision making - in this case, life saving decision making.

Equipment used in such critical conditions must be able to operate in real time, 24/7, with no dropped frames - RGB Spectrum products are built to deliver mission critical performance for such demanding conditions. Other features of the SuperView 4100 include window labeling and borders, smooth scaling, panning, and zooming.

For further information about the SuperView 4100 with SinglePoint KvM, or to submit inquiries for project applications, please email sales@rgb.com.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, Opto™ fiber optic products, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint MCMS™ control room management systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Mar 23, 2009

Linx Found Between Patients and Hospital Staff

St. Joseph Hospital, in Orange County, California is a leading edge medical facility highly regarded for its innovative use of technology in patient care. They chose system integrator Spinitar to implement a unique digital signage solution that included RGB Spectrum's Linx™ DVI switchers. The Linx's 24/7 reliability and flexible control made it the obvious choice.

The St. Joseph staff wanted an effective method for monitoring real time activity throughout their Pre-Op, Clean Core, and Post Anesthesia Care Unit. They needed a way to centrally manage and disseminate real time patient tracking information in both direct and ancillary areas. Added convenience and improved operating efficiencies were the goal.

The two Linx 8x8 DVI Switchers were incorporated with servers, customized control software and Sharp 1080p displays. Fiber optic cables were used over the long runs to maintain a pure digital path from the source computers, through the Linx switcher, to the displays.

As clinical staff update each patient's status in the database, the system formats and displays each room's corresponding information on multiple displays throughout the facility. A color code system enables doctors and nurses to immediately view changes in a patient's status. Additionally, when an operating room is no longer in use, hospital staff can easily see this and prepare for the next procedure more quickly.

RGB Spectrum® is a leading designer and manufacturer of videographic and multimedia hardware subsystems. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, the RGB/Videolink® line of scan converters, the Linx™ DVI Matrix Switchers, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® DVI universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and ComputerWall® and MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Feb 29, 2016

McKesson Worldwide Vision Center

McKesson is the oldest and largest health care company in the U.S. The McKesson Worldwide Vision Center occupies the entire second floor of its San Francisco corporate headquarters, showcasing the company’s products and services to more than 2,000 health care professionals each year.

Medical imaging technology has revolutionized how doctors measure, manage, diagnose and treat medical illnesses and conditions. By 2014, the Vision Center was featuring more than 60 products and services, including advanced medical imaging technologies, presented in many different health care settings. The content was remarkable, but McKesson’s existing audio visual system could not back up that claim. Presenters at the Vision Center were struggling with a four head computer system, each driving an individual display. The result was disconnected presentations that varied in resolution. The gap between the technology on display, and the technology used to promote it, undermined not just the quality but also the credibility of the presentation.

RGB Spectrum’s SuperView™ 4K multiviewer was chosen to make the Vision Center’s accomplishments shine. Prominently located among the exhibits, the SuperView™ 4K feeds the stunning Planar 85” 4K display. Avidex, a leading integrator on the West Coast, designed the new system to be an easy-to-use solution to allow the presenter to control slideshows, lights and audio.

“When we were planning this, I had the idea for a 4K display to replace the four separate resolutions, and RGB’s SuperView 4K was the only product that fit the client’s requirements exactly,” said Jim Scalise, Avidex General Manager.

RGB Spectrum’s robust API allowed the system to be controlled by an iPad. As the presenter moves to each display location, they can start and stop content and interact with the audience for real-time question and answer dialog.

The most important outcome is that the client’s expectations were met. RGB Spectrum’s SuperView 4K multiviewer delivered on their specific demands for the highest resolution possible, reliability even during power outages, and the ability to show radiological images at native resolution when desired.

“It’s one of the biggest ‘wow factors’ for visitors to the Vision Center! It is 100% completely rock solid,” said Jerry Thomas, ACSP Senior Support Analyst.

Feb 17, 2012

MediaWall 4200 Processors Drive Spectacular 90-Foot Wall at Kentucky Health Center

The University of Kentucky Health Care Center's immense new "Celebrate Kentucky" multimedia wall offers patients and employees an ever-changing, complex snapshot that amplifies the center's care for spiritual and emotional well-being beyond physical health. The Lexington center's wall is a ninety-foot, thirty-two screen visual spectacle commemorating life in Kentucky. The wall operates 18 hours a day, 365 days a year and features images and videos of people, places, animals and life from the microscopic to natural vistas. Local photographers and filmmakers refresh a constant stream of content for the high-impact wall.

"We were looking for a way to make a spectacular visual statement," said Tim Broekema, project creative director, "and that meant making sure we had the latest cutting-edge display technology available."

RGB Spectrum technical partner PGS Systems of Louisville, KY, designed and installed a display engine using five MediaWall® 4200 video wall processors that feed thirty-two Samsung forty-two inch LCD panels. In addition, seventy-six Duratrans forty-two inch rear-lit transparency enclosures are integrated with the LCD screens to create a 90-foot wide by 9-foot high display wall. With high-resolution photographic transparencies on display, the quality of the videographic images needs to be at its best.

"RGB Spectrum was selected based on overall image quality, configuration and adjustment capabilities and reliability under heavy use." According to Al Kirby of PGS Systems, "We worked closely with Solid Light, Inc., the project's exhibit design/ media production firm to create a solution that met both the physical requirements of the space and maintained the level of quality the media demanded."

Synchronized video playback is provided by an Alcorn McBride Digital Binloop HD eight-channel digital video player which is connected HDMI-to-DVI to the MediaWall 4200s. The outputs from the MediaWall 4200s are encoded for UTP transmission via Magenta Research HD-ONE digital video extension kits.

System control is provided by an AMX NI-3100 Netlinx Integrated master and NXV-300 Modero Virtual Touch Panel. System Power On/Off and Playback are fully automated per a user-defined schedule. The system's electronics are located in the lower level of the facility and are housed in a Middle Atlantic MRK-4436 equipment rack provisioned with an RM-LCD-PNLK rack mount LCD panel, an RM-KB pull-out keyboard and a UPS-2200R uninterruptible power supply.

"One of the major design concerns was maintaining the image quality of video moving across large areas and multiple displays," Kirby said. "The MW 4200s allowed us to make fine adjustments to the mullion settings and window configurations to precisely fit the video playback to the displays. This resulted in a huge time savings and allowed the video editor to concentrate on the content."

RGB Spectrum video wall processors serve in sundry applications from control rooms to emergency operations centers to astonishing public displays such as the UK Health Care Center. Each installation demands extremely high quality and reliability. MediaWall processor is the preferred solution when there is a demand for the very best fit, ease of installation, exceptional value, unfailing image quality and worry-free operation.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint KvM™ control room decision support systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers.

RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at www.rgb.com.

Mar 24, 2011

MediaWall 4500 Display Processor Keeps University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Informed

"Expertise. Influence. Impact." These are the words Natalie D. Eddington, dean of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, uses to describe the new 128,000 square-foot Pharmacy Hall campus addition opened in October 2010. "Our new building is a structural sign of our School's pre-eminence and leadership in the fields of pharmacy education, practice, research, and community service in the state of Maryland and beyond," she continued.

Founded in 1841, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is the fourth oldest such school in the nation. With the opening of its new facility, it ranks in the top for innovative technology. The seven-story Pharmacy Hall includes lecture halls equipped with distance-learning technology, a new patient interaction laboratory, and four floors of space dedicated to clinical and translational research in pharmacogenetics, nanomedicine, and drug discovery.

But all is not work for students, faculty, and staff. A large lounge off the main corridor on the first floor provides a comfortable place to relax, gather for discussions, enjoy a meal, and stay current on events about campus and around the world.

To bring news and entertainment to lounge visitors, the experts at Nelson White Systems, Inc. installed nine NEC X461UN LCD monitors in a 3-by-3 arrangement. Sourced by digital media players, cable feeds, computers, and local TV, an RGB Spectrum MediaWall 4500 processor is used to select and arrange video windows on the wall. The flexibility to display multiple signal types simultaneously was a prime influence in the selection of the MediaWall 4500 processor.

While the display in Pharmacy Hall uses only nine of the MediaWall 4500 processor's twelve outputs, it can be expanded at anytime to a full 3x4 array with up to thirty input windows. HDCP support guarantees that digital content displays correctly and is protected throughout the signal path.

Dave Riordan, project manager at Nelson White Systems said, "The ease of installation coupled with the robust feature set made the selection of the MediaWall 4500 processor easy." Senior product manager at RGB Spectrum Mike Piper added, "Web-based control, a broad array of input and output types, and real-time performance drive this public display system to its best capabilities. Higher-education customers consistently give top marks to RGB Spectrum's system reliability."

Whether viewed by a captive audience or just those passing by, the high visual impact of the video wall catches the attention of all. Expertise. Influence. Impact. Sums up another great RGB Spectrum installation.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint KvM™ control room decision support systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Jan 21, 2011

MediaWall 4500 Provides Vision for the Future

"See for yourself" is the invitation to the newly expanded W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, home to the University of Michigan Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Guests are invited to tour the center, patients are offered services to improve their vision, and state-of-the-art display systems maximize the effectiveness of information presented during research seminars, staff meetings and public education programs.

Adding 230,000 square feet to the three existing buildings on the University campus, the new Brehm Tower houses seven eye care clinics with suites for refractive and cosmetic surgery. It also serves as the main laboratory component of the Comprehensive Diabetes Center. Designed to enhance collaboration among researchers as they move laboratory discoveries into treatment practices, the expansion utilizes cutting-edge technologies for communication and data sharing throughout the University of Michigan and beyond.

A large meeting room in the new building is capable of accommodating various configurations with portable furniture, easy laptop connectivity, video conferencing, and projection onto a curved wall from either a single or multiple projectors. The space is designed for presentations, meetings, and lectures.

An RGB Spectrum MediaWall® 4500 creates the large 46:10 aspect ratio display wall made up of three edge-blended projectors. Able to display one to thirty windows, the MediaWall accepts both video and graphics signals. Superior scaling technology allows for high-quality presentation of one image source over the entire wall. The MediaWall 4500 offers complete flexibility of window layouts to meet any requirement. It also delivers overlapping outputs to the edge blending system creating a seamless display. The range and flexibility of the system accommodates both current and future meeting requirements.

The MediaWall product family continues to prove its value in large-venue applications by providing real-time performance regardless of resolution and frame rate. Unlike other display processors, the MediaWall is HDCP compliant removing all barriers to the use of protected content from such devices as Blu-ray players and set-top boxes. MediaWall processors couple perfectly with 8 and 10 megapixel projectors. NTSC video, graphics sources to 1920x1200, and high-definition resolutions to 2048x1080 are supported on inputs and outputs.

RGB Spectrum® is a leading designer and manufacturer of videographic and multimedia hardware subsystems. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, the RGB/Videolink® line of scan converters, the Linx™ DVI Matrix Switchers, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® DVI universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and ComputerWall® and MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

May 30, 2017

MediaWall Unifies Telemetry Monitoring Operations for Wisconsin Medical Center

A large medical center in Wisconsin has improved the efficiency and effectiveness of care across three affiliated hospitals’ cardiac units with a new centralized Telemetry Heart Monitoring Hub. Now medical technicians can monitor up to 120 heart patients’ vitals using the advanced display capabilities of two 65-inch 4K LCD panel video stations enabled by RGB Spectrum MediaWall V Display Processors.

Assisting nurses and physicians with data analysis, dedicated telemetry technicians use streamlined mouse and keyboard control integrated with the MediaWall V to zoom in on specific cases while maintaining an overview of patients’ vitals. Display presets give technicians a variety of visual configurations for keeping an eye on critical patient data.

The mission-critical nature of the patient monitoring led AV systems integrator Techteriors, LLC to RGB Spectrum for its robust MediaWall V Display Processor. When it came time to choose a processor to feed the commercial-grade NEC displays, RGB Spectrum was an ideal solution source. “One of the reasons we selected RGB Spectrum was because we knew it was top-tier equipment that was going to last for years and be very reliable,” said Jeremy Vierck, Director of Technology for Techteriors, LLC.

Two MediaWall V processors were used, one per monitoring station, to process the outputs of twelve GE Healthcare PCs connected to the hospital network. Each PC provides up to 10 patients’ vitals via GE Healthcare software.

Techteriors found that the MediaWall V processor provided excellent 4K video quality for the output of the PCs. With the MediaWall V output set to 3820x2160 resolution, “There was no need to scale anything, so there was no compression of the image, giving it lossless quality,” explained Matt Gliszczinski, System Engineer with Techteriors, LLC. Scaling only occurs when technicians zoom in on a specific piece of data. “The scaling looks fantastic as well,” he added, “When the tech has zoomed in to do measurements on heart signals, for example, the quality is excellent.”

The two viewing stations are set up in a redundant configuration; the use of two separate MediaWall processors helps eliminate any single point of failure. Each piece of equipment has a redundant power supply, with additional failure protection provided by the hospital’s generator.

Reaction to the Telemetry Monitoring Hub technology integration has been extremely positive. The efficiencies provided by the centralized monitoring approach produce significant return on investment. The hospital group is already considering plans to add more monitoring stations like the one in Grafton.

“The technicians who use it on a daily basis are very happy with the system,” Vierck noted. “It has really impacted their work. They have more capabilities than they had before, and that’s a big win.”

May 9, 2011

MultiPoint KvM Helps Keep the Patients Safe in Their Beds

Recent expansion of a large U.S. hospital has necessitated improvements in its security system. To serve this dispersed, multi-building campus, Corporate Security Services, Inc. in Edison, New Jersey looked to RGB Spectrum technology in its design of a state-of-the-art security operations center. The MultiPoint KvM (MPKvM) was the solution supporting switching and display of graphics and video at resolutions up to 2048 by 1200 pixels, multi-screen displays, and flexible control station architecture for ease of navigation.

Under the MPKvM system, video from five source computers is input to a Linx™ 3200 DVI Matrix Switcher. The switcher routes video to a MediaWall 4500 processor for output on a 2x4 wall of monitors and to three control stations. Operators at the control stations select from fire, elevator, access, and other safety systems.

Control stations can operate in a collaborative mode with multiple users able to display the same content. Users can be assigned view-only access or control privileges on a computer-by-computer basis, with a system for hand-off. When an authorized user is identified and verified at a control station, it is reconfigured with the user's default assigned permissions and privileges.

MultiPoint KvM uses an innovative hybrid approach for display and control. Keyboard and mouse control signals are switched over IP while the video uses DVI switching. This architecture takes advantage of the intelligence inherent to IP, provides high-resolution, uncompressed video and graphics, and keeps network bandwidth demands to a minimum.

Bill McKool, vice president of business development for Corporate Security Services reports a successful installation and a satisfied customer. "After analyzing the client's needs, we looked at a lot of alternatives that could accomplish the goal. We settled on RGB. The systems work together and the pricing was favorable as compared to their competitors. The client couldn't be happier."

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint KvM™ control room decision support systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Sep 18, 2012

Orlando's Translational Research Institute Welcomes Visitors with RGB Spectrum

Based in Orlando, Florida, the Translational Research Institute (TRI) for Metabolism and Diabetes is a joint venture between Florida Hospital and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. Housed in a new 37,000 sq. ft. facility that opened in early 2012, TRI is dedicated to the study of obesity, metabolism, diabetes, and the metabolic origins of cardiovascular disease. As the public focal point and centerpiece for their new facility, TRI sought a bold and contemporary method to inform their visitors and researchers about the institute's research mission - and that's where they turned to RGB Spectrum's MediaWall 2900.

At the project's inception, TRI initially discussed installing a static, architectural glass mural that would never change. Yet as the development stage evolved, RGB's video wall proposal priced out equally - but with the added element of flexibility, and the ability to dynamically change the wall's content as required.

TRI selected Sound Stage Inc. of Winter Park, Florida as their integration partner for the project. The goal was a 6 high by 5 wide video wall to be installed above the staircase in the main lobby, and purpose-built for interactive ease-of-use by the facility's staff and tour guides. With RGB's MediaWall 2900 at the core, the project was completed in mid-April 2012, and is now used regularly by Dr. Smith, the institute's founder - with a unique system that uses an iPad to display their custom app conveying their mission and research.

Overall, RGB Spectrum's MediaWall 2900 allows users to create video content in a seamless environment, and manipulate that content as required, anywhere across the wall's array of displays - and this inherent flexibility proved to be key to TRI's decision. Using the RGB system, TRI has an un-ending palette of creative visual alternatives that can change regularly based on the Institute's messaging needs.

Several additional key features factored into TRI's decision. The MediaWall 2900 accepts both digital and analog signals, with the ability to place windows anywhere on the video wall - even across the display's mullion lines. This allows content from synchronous players to be used, plus content from iPad and Apple TV applications. During installation, setting up the wall and creating various layouts was extremely easy, which in turn allowed the Sound Stage integration team to minimize programming and configuration time.

From a configuration standpoint, TRI's video sources consist of three 720p media players, two computer inputs (running at 1920 x 1080), live TV, and the Apple TV player. Using the MediaWall 2900, these units are routed to the windows on the 6 high x 5 wide array of NEC 46" LCD displays. Overall control is provided by AMX, using a 5" graphic touchscreen specifically programmed for TRI.

Providing a very cost effective solution, Sound Stage combined the processing power of the MediaWall 2900 with the internal scaling and signal distribution capability of the NEC monitors, resulting in a 30 monitor wall with only a four output video wall processor.

Chet Neal, Vice President of Sound Stage, commented on the installation. "Having used RGB in the past, my initial reaction was that the MediaWall was extremely easy to use, and for setup, the product's web interface is simply great," said Neal. "Picture quality was extremely good, and their scaling engine eliminated a lot of pixelation that could have been problematic in the output array. In fact, this contributed to a very clean picture that was surprisingly good for splitting one image over 30 displays. Also, with the MediaWall's eight available inputs, we did not require a matrix switcher - and this saved the client a tremendous amount of cost while adding value that the competition simply could not achieve. Based on this installation, I'm certainly looking forward to the opportunity to use RGB Spectrum's wall processors again soon."

"The key word is flexibility," said Bob Marcus, CEO of RGB Spectrum. "TRI's selection of the MediaWall 2900 is another great example of how our products offer creative and flexible solutions, with the right feature set and the right tools to solve any installation challenge."

For further information about the MediaWall 2900, or to submit inquiries for video wall and control room applications, please email info@rgbspectrum.com.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, Opto™ fiber optic products, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint MCMS™ control room management systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Jul 6, 2011

RGB Spectrum Supports Interventional Neuroradiology in Ankara Hacettepe Hospital

Neuroradiology, the treatment of head, neck, and spine injuries using X-ray technology, has its origin in Turkey in the 1890's. So it is no surprise that the country remains in the forefront of research and practice in the field today. A major factor in Turkey's progress in radiology is the rapid adoption of state-of-the-art imaging technologies. The recent installation of an RGB Spectrum display system in the Ankara Hacettepe Medical Center interventional neuroradiology facility is in keeping with that practice.

Interventional neuroradiology is a minimally invasive image-based technology for the diagnosis and treatment of the head, neck, and spine. Performed in a catheterization laboratory, or Cath Lab, X-ray imaging is central to diagnostic and surgical procedures. Guided by live X-ray images of the patient, a doctor inserts a catheter through an artery to take measurements, place instruments, and perform operations. Common uses of interventional neuroradiology include repairing aneurysms, removing blood clots, and inserting stents.

X-rays and images from other diagnostic equipment are sent to a control room where a Linx™ DVI Matrix Switcher routes them to a MediaWall 4200® video wall processor for viewing on a 1x2 array of 47" monitors in the Cath Lab. Cath Lab staff can select sources viewed using an RGB Spectrum BP-16 button panel to choose from presets.

When placing a catheter in the brain of a patient, real-time imaging is extremely critical. Doctors have only the X-ray to guide their activities. No perceptible delay between the doctor's actions and the display is acceptable. Using the Linx switch and MediaWall processor together provide a reliable, real-time, high-resolution solution to Cath Lab visualization requirements. Reliability is based on an embedded architecture, rather than a PC, for guaranteed 24/7 operation. Hacettepe University Hospital's roots trace back to the year 1958, when the Institute of Child Health was established and the Hacettepe Children's hospital was inaugurated. On June 15, 1963, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine was established, and a general teaching hospital was built. Today the university hospital ranks among the world's top 500.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint KvM™ control room decision support systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Jun 9, 2011

SuperView XMP for "4K" Displays

RGB Spectrum now offers the SuperView® XMP real-time video/data multiviewer for panels and projectors with resolutions of 8-10 megapixels, called "4K" displays for resolutions 4 times or more than HD video. The SuperView processor offers a custom, high-performance architecture with faster updates, low latency, more display flexibility, robustness and security than PC-based alternatives. Real-time display of all inputs is guaranteed under all conditions.

The SuperView processor can display up to 8 graphic or HD video sources. Images can be displayed anywhere, any size, in correct aspect ratio or stretched to fit, in whole or zoomed to emphasize details. Unlike other video/data multiviewers, the SuperView processor has essentially no limits on display alternatives.

The SuperView XMP processor offers DVI, HDMI and RGB inputs for 8 windows. The processor supports graphic signals to 1920x1200 pixels and HD inputs to 2048x1080 pixels.

Control is via RS-232 or Ethernet. A browser-based control system provides a graphical interface that incorporates a comprehensive set of controls for every aspect of the processor and display.

The processor offers 24/7 robustness. It comes packaged in a compact rack-mount enclosure with replaceable air filter. Most importantly, it is a dedicated system, providing the security and reliability of an embedded operating system with no disk drives.

The SuperView XMP processor connects with 16:9 or 1.85:1 4K panels over 4 DVI single-link connectors. Two DVI dual-link connections deliver full resolution imagery to projectors that can accept dual-link signals.

A full array of features includes dynamic window sizing and positioning, smooth zooming within images, custom borders, titling, HDCP support and programmable presets. Options include a redundant power supply and KVM control.

The SuperView XMP processor is unequaled for medical applications demanding the highest possible resolution, performance and reliability.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint KvM™ control room decision support systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Mar 10, 2010

Surgery Center Enhances Training with JPEG2000 Recording Technology

Pisa Hospital in Pisa, Italy established the innovative ENDOCAS Center for Computer Assisted Surgery (CAS) to conduct research in the field of surgical navigation and simulation. One project within the ENDOCAS program is the Emergency Training Center (ETC). The ENDOCAS ETC required a state-of-the-art recording solution that would preserve the most intricate details for more effective post-session review and archiving.

According to Michele Falconetti, Sales Director for AVM SNC, audio visual technology integrator for the ENDOCAS ETC project, "ENDOCAS training session visuals include complex computer-generated graphics, patient hemodynamic activity, and multiple video cameras interspersed throughout the ETC. To meet this demanding recording requirement, the Center implemented RGB Spectrum's JPEG2000 digital recording system to record and review training sessions".

The DGy recording system was the ideal solution for this requirement. Its leading edge JPEG2000 wavelet-based codec technology provides near-lossless image compression, delivering the highest fidelity reproduction superior to other digital recording technologies.

The ENDOCAS program trains medical personnel for working in emergency operating rooms and in triage situations. As students perform diagnostic, trauma, and surgical procedures, Instructors record the training scenarios in progress with the DGy codec. Students perform procedures such as closed cardiac message and reanimation, using a specially equipped surgical dummy.

Following the training scenarios, instructors lead students in the adjacent debriefing room to replay the recordings and review and evaluate the training sessions. Features particularly popular with instructors include event marking and random access capability. During the training session and post-session reviews, instructors can place markers at any points of special interest in the recordings. Then, instructors can randomly access these points. Instructors use the DGy codec's embedded Graphical User Interface to operate its full complement of functions.

Falconetti concluded, "The DGy recording system puts the ENDOCAS program at the forefront of medical training. The DGy digital recording system's advanced JPEG2000 compression technology provides the highest fidelity reproduction, preserving intricate details of complex medical imagery for effective training. The response from instructors and students alike has been excellent. The hospital is planning to expand the use of this recording technology in a number of other projects."

In addition to medical applications, RGB Spectrum's DGy recording and streaming technology has become the de facto standard in numerous mission critical applications, including simulation, command-and-control, emergency operations centers, missile testing, security, and telemetry.

AudioVideo and Multimedia (AVM SNC), located in Pisa, Italy, is an integrator specializing in advanced audio-visual and multimedia technology solutions for commercial, medical, education, industrial and government applications. AVM SNC provides complete design, integration, training, and technical support services. For more information, call 39-(0)-50-965-6069 or visit www.audiovideomultimedia.it.

The Pisa Hospital, officially known as Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Pisana, is affiliated with the University of Pisa in Pisa, Italy. Pisa Hospital's ENDOCAS Center for Computer Assisted Surgery (CAS), established inside the hospital in 2003, conducts research in the field of surgical navigation and simulation for training. For more information, call 39-(0)-50-996820, Critical Area Educational Staff Director Dott.ssa Maria Grana, at m.grana@ao-pisa.toscana.it, or visit www.med.unipi.it:patchir/home.htm or www.endodoc.it.

RGB Spectrum® is a leading designer and manufacturer of videographic and multimedia hardware subsystems. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, the RGB/Videolink® line of scan converters, the Linx™ DVI Matrix Switchers, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® DVI universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and ComputerWall® and MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Jul 28, 2004

UCLA Equips Its New Medical Center Operating Rooms with Multi-Window Display Technology

When the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center embarked upon the construction of a new hospital, one goal was to incorporate the latest visual communication technologies. The hospital's Neurosurgery Department was targeted for this state-of-the-art technology integration. The UCLA Medical Center selected Karl Storz Endoscopy America to provide the department's endoscopy systems and audio video equipment for the project.

According to Roderick Plummer, A/V Systems Integration Manager for Karl Storz Endoscopy America, "During neurological surgery, the surgical team must have access to a variety of surgery visuals, patient vitals data, and historical medical information of the patient. These visuals and information have been decentralized. Different members of the surgical team had access to different visuals and data, requiring surgical team members to constantly inquire and communicate this information between them. In complex, intricate neurological surgery, time is critical. The objective was to centralize all of the operating room visuals and data so the entire surgical team had comprehensive, immediate access to them, significantly increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the surgery."

Plummer added, "The challenges involved supporting a number of different signal sources, limited space, and the requirement for displaying high resolution imagery. After extensive research, we designed a system for the neurology operating room using RGB Spectrum's QuadView multiple window display processor with two flat panel screens. The QuadView receives live video feeds from an endoscopic camera inserted into the patient during surgery, a wall-mounted operating room camera, and a camera placed inside the main surgery room light fixture. The QuadView also integrates computer-generated inputs comprised of patient radiology images from the hospital's Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), real-time patient vital signs displaying patient heart rate, blood pressure, blood gas levels, oxygenation measurement of the blood going to the patient's brain from the profusionist's patient monitor, EEG electroencephalogragh data depicting numerical values for cerebral activity, patient medical history, and lab results.

The QuadView processor combines these signals and outputs them to a distribution amplifier which feeds an 18" LCD display suspended on a mechanical boom above the operating table and a wall-mounted Sony 50" plasma display. Surgical personnel use a pre-programmed AMX touch screen controller to operate the display system, selecting signal sources, routing images to the QuadView processor, and choosing display configurations. The surgical team can view any of the inputs in four window quad mode or full screen.

Plummer concluded, "QuadView was the ideal solution for the hospital. It supports the variety of signals required and displays up to four of these at a time on the operating room displays with exceptional clarity and quality. The QuadView's feature set allowed me to meet the expressed functional desires of different surgical specialties such as neurosurgery or urology.

The QuadView XL is the first of a new generation of windowing systems. With the most powerful image processing available and outstanding image quality, plus new features such as web-based control, dynamic window sizing, borders, titling, and smooth zoom/pans functions. The QuadView XL is ideal solution for any application requiring the display of multiple images on a monitor or projector. The QuadView XL accepts high resolution RGB, HDTV, S-Video, component, and NTSC/PAL composite video, and optional DVI inputs. Up to sixteen sources can be connected; four of which can be displayed simultaneously.

Karl Storz Endoscopy is a worldwide organization that manufactures high quality instruments and medical devices to support minimally invasive surgical techniques in addition to consulting, design, and installation of audio-visual technology in surgical operating room environments. Karl Storz Endoscopy America is based in Culver City, California and can be reached at 310-338-8100 and on the internet at www.ksea.com. Roderick Plummer is AV Systems Integration Manager for Karl Storz Endoscopy America and has been involved with integration design for Karl Storz since 1999.

The UCLA Medical Center has been awarded "the Best Hospital in the West" for the 15th consecutive year. For more information on the Center, visit www.ucla.edu.

RGB Spectrum is a leading designer and manufacturer of videographic and multimedia hardware subsystems. Products include the View family of video windowing systems, the RGB/Videolink® line of scan converters, the DGx digital recording system, Quadra® universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and SuperWall, ComputerWall® and MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 or contact us online.

Dec 15, 2008

UCLA Medical Center specifies Linx 8x8 DVI Matrix Switcher

When the UCLA Medical Center designed their Neurological Operating Suite the mission requirement was for an all-digital HD path between sources and displays. High-tech medicine demands top quality video and graphics imaging. To route high resolution digital signals form sources to displays, Roderick Plummer, Chief Design Engineer at Karl Storz Endoscopy, specified a Linx™ 8x8 DVI Matrix Switcher. Sources include an Endoscopic Camera with a resolution of 1080p, a Room Overview camera at 1080i, a Surgical In-light camera, a Stereo Tactical Surgical Navigation system, and a PACs PC for medical images like patient x-rays. Content includes video, images from the medical cameras, computer images such as three-dimensional renderings of human anatomy. The equipment previously used had proven inconsistent in performance as well as difficult to use. One major issue was that the various signal sources presented a wide range of resolutions and EDID protocols. So a switcher with advanced EDID management capabilities was needed. The Linx's Total EDID Manager™ software tremendously simplified the operation. With the signals routed through the Linx to an RGB Spectrum Media Wall processor, it provides UCLA accurate, jitter-free images 24/7, 365 days a year. The new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center delivers world-class medical treatment using cutting-edge technology in a compassionate, patient-focused environment. This one million-plus square foot, 10-story structure (eight above ground) is located in Santa Monica, CA. The hospital encompasses the operations of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. The endoscopic equipment system integration was provided by Karl Storz, a leading manufacturer of surgical equipment and instrumentation. http://www.karlstorz.com/cps/rde/xchg/SID-11839CCA-F8393A65/karlstorz-en/hs.xsl/31.htm System installation was performed by AVI-SPL, a leading AV systems integrator involved in projects all over the globe. http://www.avispl.com RGB Spectrum® is a leading designer and manufacturer of videographic and multimedia hardware subsystems. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, the RGB/Videolink® line of scan converters, the Linx™ DVI Matrix Switchers, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® DVI universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and ComputerWall® and MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Mar 14, 2007

UCLA's Laboratory of Neuro Imaging Presents Advanced Immersive Visualization

UCLA's Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI) strives to improve understanding of the brain in health and disease. LONI is a leader in the development of advanced computational algorithms and scientific approaches for the mapping of brain structure and function. The lab develops the framework and tools to rigorously evaluate dynamic changes in brain structure and function particularly on processes such as development, aging and the progression of specific diseases. The complexity of contemporary neuroscience demands sophisticated image data visualization systems to enable neuroscientists to do research on large, complex data sets.

LONI contracted with Fakespace Systems, an integrator of immersive visualization and virtual reality technologies, to develop a multi- dimensional visualization system for LONI's innovative Data Immersive Visualization Environment (DIVE).

Fakespace used its Curved-Screen Virtual Reality system for the DIVE. Malcolm Green, Senior Account Executive for Fakespace, explained, "The system provides the visual impact, high immersion, and field of view useful for interactive research and collaboration. It features cutting-edge projection technology, including proprietary image distortion and correction to accommodate the systems' curved-screen geometry. The LONI lab required real-time multi-image projection of extremely sophisticated, multi-dimensional computer-generated graphics."

"To support this demanding requirement, the MD-CSVR utilizes RGB Spectrum's state-of-the-art SuperView multi-input, multi-image display processors. After reviewing other alternatives, we found the SuperView to be the best solution."

According to Rico Magsipoc, Chief Technology Office for UCLA's LONI Lab, "the DIVE facility is used for research, professional collaboration, and presentations. The DIVE allows scientists to investigate multi-dimensional neuro-imaging data through a unique ability to visually immerse themselves inside their data. Our audience includes researchers and scientists, biologists, neurologists, and medical doctors. The DIVE is also used for educational outreach on neuroimaging and neuroinformatics to K-12 students and National Youth Scholarship program participants."

The DIVE room is dominated by a 28-foot wide by 8-foot tall, 150-degree floor-to-ceiling curved screen. The facility uses three SuperView display processors to feed real-time computer graphics, high-definition video, and pre-recorded demonstrations to drive this massive screen. The processors receive computer and video inputs, including 2-D and 3-D neurological imagery generated from powerful visualization workstations equipped with the latest in 3-D graphics, SGI Onyx mainframe supercomputers, virtual reality stereoscopic imagery, neuroinformatics containing data mining and statistics, digital disk recorders, and PowerPoint presentations. The processors also receive component, S-Video Y/C, and composite video inputs from cameras, VCRs, and DVD and DV players.

The SuperView processors integrate these various inputs and output the combined images to three ceiling-mounted DLP projectors at their native 1280 x 1024 SXGA resolution. The resulting projection is a 3480x1024 immersive image. Operators control the SuperView processors' signal selection and versatile image manipulation capability with an AMX wireless touch screen controller. Images can be either stereo or mono, any size and positioned anywhere in real time, overlapped, correlated side-by-side, and zoomed and panned to emphasize a particular area of interest.

Magsipoc commented, "the SuperView units offer the highest level of image processing performance enabling us to display intricate 3-D imaging with real-time movement and rotation. The response has been great. The SuperViews' real-time performance and image quality is excellent."

The Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI), directed by Arthur W. Toga, is located in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. The research facility is dedicated to the development of scientific approaches for the comprehensive mapping of brain structure and function. For more information, call (310) 206-2101 or visit http://www.loni.ucla.edu/.

Fakespace Systems, headquartered in Marshalltown, Iowa, is a pioneer in the development of immersive visualization and virtual reality technologies for research and commercial market applications. Fakespace Inc. created many of the industry's first major interactive breakthroughs, including the first commercially available virtual reality system and the first commercially available gesture recognition system. For more information, call 641-754- 4649 or visit www.fakespace.com.

RGB Spectrum® is a leading designer and manufacturer of videographic and multimedia hardware subsystems. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, the RGB/Videolink® line of scan converters, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and SuperWall™, ComputerWall® and MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.