The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued San Diego-based DR Systems — a provider of medical imaging and information systems — US Patent No. 8,244,014. The patent covers a system for monitoring the portions of a medical image displayed at full resolution and reducing the chance of a missing an abnormality in the image due to the viewer examining a portion of the image at a different resolution or other display parameter.
According to the company’s press release, the technology will be useful in situations when a medical image must be viewed at full resolution so that very minute details in the image are not missed. Their description of the technology follows:
A computing system monitors the portions of the medical image that are displayed, notates those portions that have been displayed at full resolution (or other user-defined display parameters), and provides the user with information indicating portions that have not been viewed at full resolution and/or provides information indicating for which images of a multiple image examination full pixel display has been accomplished.