Paradigm for achieving color-reproduction accuracy in LCDs for medical imaging

Louis D. Silverstein, Syed F. Hashmi, Karl Lang, Elizabeth A. Krupinski

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A methodology and associated software modules for calibration, characterization, and profiling of color LCDs for color-critical applications in medical imaging is described. Supporting analyses reveal very high color-reproduction accuracy as determined by CIE DE2000 color differences for 210 test colors uniformly distributed in CIE Lab color space. The impact of the LCD tone-reproduction curve on color-reproduction accuracy is compared for two tone-reproduction curves of special interest in medical imaging: the DICOM gray-scale standard display function and the CIE L* standard lightness function. The initial results from a psychophysical investigation of the diagnostic performance of trained pathologists viewing "virtual" breast biopsy slides are reported and the diagnostic performance achieved with calibrated, color-managed LCDs with uncalibrated LCDs without the benefits of color management is compared.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-62
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Society for Information Display
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • Color management
  • Color-reproduction accuracy
  • Display calibration
  • Medical color displays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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