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Does anyone know the difference between a medical monitor and any other high-end LCD monitor that boasts accurate picture/colour reproduction? Is there something about it which makes it only suitable to be used in the medical field? Could you not use it for photo/video editing?

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I'd imagine a medical-class monitor would be very accurate at reproducing images, but the refresh rate would be unimportant - there are very few real-time 60fps medical imaging techniques, after all. –  Phoshi Oct 22 '09 at 18:32
    
Good point...so this would be the main reason why it's not a good idea to use it for editing HD video...along with what Manni said about screen surface? –  Kato Oct 23 '09 at 2:17

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They have to pass a more rigid electromagnetic Interference testing then commercial equipment. You don't want computer, or other electrical equipment, causing interference in other equipment, like heart monitors.

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Yep, the same with a lot of equipment, software, etc. used in the medical environment –  Troggy Oct 22 '09 at 19:14

Medical equipment must be able to survive disinfecting. I guess this has a pretty severe impact on the screen surface.

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Many medical monitors work beyond 8-bit per channel, in 10 or 12 bit mode. Thus they support finer gradients then normal 8bit/channel LCD's. They need a special videocard to drive this too.

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Points that would matter

  1. higher brightness levels and accurate color reproduction
  2. rugged build
  3. safety standards

A few references

  1. Sony LMD series: LMD-2140MD , LMD-3250MD
  2. Dynamic Display: Medical-Grade LCD Displays
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There are also the monitors designed for viewing x-rays and such. The famous IBM T221 falls into this category: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T221

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