Optimal quality control of image reproduction systems in radiological applications
The RadiCS quality control tool is capable of end-to-end monitor quality management, starting with calibration and acceptance/consistency testing through to network-supported quality assurance management in conjunction with RadiNET Pro. With the measurement sensors in modern RadiForce screens for diagnostic reporting, RadiCS can even fully automate consistency testing. The software is simple, easy to use and can even perform consistency test measurements fully automatically. EIZO offers an integrated solution consisting of software and sensors, which makes quality control both efficient and user-friendly.
RadiCS provides you with the following benefits:
- Acceptance and consistency testing according to QS-RL, DIN, PAS1054, AAPM and many other standards
- DICOM® calibration of the tone value characteristic curve
- Fully-automatic consistency testing with monitors featuring brightness and illuminance sensors
- Archiving of calibration and test protocols
- Monitoring of the sensor inside the monitor to control brightness and the tone value characteristic curve
- Calendar with reminder function for recurring checks of reference and test patterns
Simple user interface for intuitive operation
Graphics, icons and texts are arranged in such a way that the functions are intuitive and logical based on their appearance. An overview list also allows users to immediately check the status of the monitors. The intuitive user interface makes it easy to calibrate and validate monitors.
Regular calibration of monitors is key to ensuring consistently high image reproduction quality. Deviations in tone value rendering, which result even during normal use, are reliably eliminated, for example, in accordance with DICOM or CIE.
Acceptance and consistency testing
The installation of diagnostic monitors is subject to acceptance testing. Regular consistency tests are also essential. The RadiCS software supports these operations by way of visual checks using test patterns in accordance with DIN and AAPM, as well as luminance, tone value and homogeneity measurements in accordance with DIN, AAPM, IEC and JIS. RadiCS assigns acceptance and consistency tests of body regions/methods from DIN 6868-157 to application classes to allow for unambiguous categorisation during the related testing.
Overview of EIZO RadiCS application classes and recommendation of EIZO image reproduction devices in accordance with the body regions and methods from DIN 6868-157.
Self-calibration and self-diagnosis
RadiCS can perform self-calibration as well as self-diagnosis on the basis of factory calibration data for each respective screen. Depending on the RadiForce monitor, RadiCS uses the integrated front sensor or built-in backlight sensor for calibration. Self-calibration is performed quickly without a separate measuring device. If unstable or altered brightness levels are detected, an error message is output by the self-diagnosis function indicating that the hue curve requires recalibration. Self-diagnosis can be configured so that it is performed automatically at regular scheduled intervals.
The time for carrying out quality control tasks such as daily visual checks or semi-annual consistency tests can be customised according to the requirements at the respective workstation, for example, when the PC is switched on or immediately after a specific application has been launched.
Optimised diagnostics workflow
To increase work efficiency, EIZO’s Work-and-Flow function offers various features in order to provide user-friendly workflows. This includes the Point-and-Focus functionality that makes it possible to quickly select and zoom in on relevant image areas using the mouse or keyboard. By adjusting the brightness and greyscale levels, surrounding areas are darkened and interesting image regions are highlighted.
Measurement results from calibration operations, monitor validation checks and self-tests are archived for each monitor individually and are available for future reference.
Device and model names, the names of the medical institution or department, the description of the installation location as well as other information on each monitor, computer and graphics board can be documented and archived.
Extended service life thanks to automatic shutdown function
The automatic Backlight Saver shutdown function for the backlight on EIZO RadiForce screens can be configured using RadiCS. This extends the service life of the monitors. Similar to a screen saver, they turn off the backlight when the monitor is not in use.
Numerous functions offered by the EIZO RadiCS software are also compatible with non-RadiForce monitors. This means that monitors from other manufacturers can also be managed simply and easily.
The perfect addition
If you work with several monitors, we recommend using RadiNET Pro software that allows you to centrally manage the calibration of all monitors, including the data history. This saves you considerable time and ensures uniformly high image quality throughout the entire facility.
Learn more about RadiNET Pro software (optionally available)
|User modes||user (no password) and administrator (password protected)|
|Functions in user mode||daily check, documentation, optional consistency check and Work-and-Flow functions|
|Functions in administrator mode||all user functions, master data maintenance, monitor configuration, edit test specifications, etc.|
|Work-and-Flow functions||Point-and-Focus, Switch-and-Go, Hide-and-Seek|
|Supported luminance meters||LX-Can, LX-Plus, CDmon, CA-210/CA310, MAVO-Spot 2 USB, RaySafe X2 Light, integrated sensors|
|Test methods||manual input, external measuring devices with data link, internal monitoring sensors|
|Ambient light test||manual, continuous and automatic during validation checks|
|Supported quality control standards||IN 6868-157|
|Quality Assurance/Quality Control Directive|
|DIN V 6868-57|
|IPEM Report 91|
|EUREF ‘European Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis Fourth Edition’|
|AAPM On-Line Report No. 03|
|ACR-AAPM-SIIM ‘Practice Guideline for Determinants of Image Quality in Digital Mammography’|
|New York State Department of Health Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection Guide for Radiation Safety/Quality Assurance Program Primary Diagnostic Monitors|
|NYC Quality Assurance Guidelines for Primary Diagnostic Monitors|
|Quality Control Manual for Digital Mammography (Japan)|
|Luminance characteristic curves||DICOM Part 14, GSDF, CIE, exponential (gamma), loglinear, linear, user-defined|
|Compatible operating systems||Windows 10|
|Windows 7/7 SP1|
|Supported interfaces||USB, RS232C, DDC|
|Languages||German, English, French, Chinese, Japanese|
|Included in delivery||RadiCS DVD-ROM (RadiCS, user’s manual), UX2 sensor|