Benefits of Pen-based Input for Medical Imaging
- Wacom pen displays offer higher precision when drawing critical isodose curves on templates and positioning images. The direct action of the pen on the screen is more precise than the indirect action of the mouse.
- Annotation is natural and quicker by using a Wacom pen display compared with the move, click, type action required without it.
- Wacom pen displays offer the high reliability necessary for patient care facilities. The pen receives its power from the tablet, so there are no batteries to wear out, or electrical cable to break.
- Large pathology images are easy to navigate quickly with a pen compared with a mouse.
- Wacom pen displays make a perfect education tool for conferences and lectures where images can be annotated directly and displayed for residents and attending physicians.
Radiation oncologists, dosimetrists, or radiation physicists often find that using a mouse to contour tumor borders is tedious, cumbersome, inaccurate, and fatiguing. By simply adding a Wacom interactive pen display to their workflow, significant efficiency gains are realized. Specifically, the process is much quicker, easier, and more accurate because it is now as simple as tracing. The eye guides the pen hand in a direct fashion, which is a much more natural approach than having your eye track a cursor that is controlled indirectly by the mouse hand. According to Dr. Fuss of OHSU, the time it takes to define target volumes was reduced 60% by using a Wacom interactive pen display. Click here for the OHSU case study.
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Has a 24-inch screen with 1920x1200 HD screen resolution, wide viewing angles, high performance pen technology, built in ExpressKeys for shortcuts and Touchstrips to zoom and cine through images all combine to make the Cintiq 24HD an efficient way to contour, delineate, and localize structures with the pen directly on the image.
Cintiq 24HD touch
Provides all the features of the Cintiq 24HD, but adds screen multi-touch capabilities.
Has a 22-inch screen with 1920x1080 HD screen resolution, wide viewing angles, high performance pen technology, built in ExpressKeys and Touchstrips. They combine to make contouring and localizing structures efficient when using the pen directly on the image.
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