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Nvidia Launches Graphics Card For Medical Imaging

The Quadro 2000D offers as much as 12-bit grayscale for showing the most subtle abnormalities in diagnostic images, Nvidia said.

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Nvidia has introduced the Quadro 2000D graphics card for medical imaging equipment used in patient diagnoses.

The latest in the Quadro family is aimed at equipment used to display high-resolution imagery to diagnose disease and other medical conditions. The Quadro brand of professional graphics is built on Nvidia's Fermi architecture, which features up to 512 cores.

The Quadro 2000D provides a high level of grayscale accuracy and definition of images. The graphics card supports 10- and 12-bit grayscale in order to show the most subtle tonal abnormalities, Nvidia said Monday. The product supports industry-standard DICOM monitor calibration to maintain grayscale consistency across monitors and features two dual-link digital video interface (DVI) connectors.

NDS Surgical Imaging, makers of the DOME display, said in a joint statement with Nvidia that the Quadro 2000D design makes it possible to deliver "precise 10-bit grayscale and color imaging in a much desired dual DVI configuration."

Included with the Quadro 2000D is Nvidia's Mosaic technology, which enables users to span an application across multiple, high-resolution panels or projectors. Up to eight displays can be driven from a single workstation with multiple Quadro 2000Ds installed. In addition, Nvidia SLI Multi-OS technology can work in conjunction with the latest Quadro for driving simultaneous Windows and Linux operating systems from the same workstation.

Nvidia has made its 3D Vision Pro stereoscopic technology available in the Quadro 2000D for a more immersive 3D perspective, according to the company. Siemens Healthcare uses the Quadro 2000D in conjunction with its 3D ultrasound system to give "diagnostic image professionals the ability to create the most stunning 3D images of the fetus," Barbara Del Prince, manager of obstetrics and gynecology technology at Siemens, said in a joint statement with Nvidia.

The Quadro 2000D is available for a manufacturer suggested retail price of $599. The graphics card is certified for Hewlett-Packard Z800, Z600, and Z400 workstations for connecting the computers to third-party medical displays found in hospitals, radiology rooms, and clinics. The cards are also available for Dell Precision T7500, T5500, T3500, and R5400 workstations.

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