Characterization of color-related properties of displays for medical applications

Jiahua Fan, Hans Roehrig, Elizabeth Krupinski

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations


This paper addresses characterization of color-related properties of softcopy displays used in medical image interpretation. Four Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD) were studied, three of them were color displays and one of them was monochrome. Physical evaluation was conducted on all the displays. Luminance and chrominance response, white point, color primaries and color gamut were evaluated. Results showed that when color displays were used to present grayscale clinical images, their performance could be inferior to using monochrome displays. This is because of the addition of color filters. When color displays were used to present color clinical images, the rendition could be totally different on different color displays because of their different color gamuts. A calibration standard or guideline for color as well as grayscale calibration is necessary for color displays used for medical applications which is currently absent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2007
Subtitle of host publicationPACS and Imaging Informatics
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventMedical Imaging 2007: PACS and Imaging Informatics - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 20 2007Feb 22 2007

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


OtherMedical Imaging 2007: PACS and Imaging Informatics
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Characterization
  • Color
  • LCD
  • Medical display

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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