Springer Nature is making SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 research free. View research | View latest news | Sign up for updates

Efficacy of a real-time digital disk in the digital lightbox


This paper describes a high-speed digital lightbox. The current status of film in the medical imaging department sets the stage for this next generation of image display/management systems. Digital imaging devices are proliferating because of their diagnostic speed and accuracy, and their ease of use. However, the resultant images are usually prepared by a technician, transmitted to film, then mounted on a lightbox to be eventually reviewed by the physician. Until recently, the shortcomings of a film display system could be overlooked in favor of its data-acquisition and archiving advantages. With recent developments in real-time disks and high-resolution display systems, it is now possible to improve upon the physician's display with a digital lightbox. A unique Multimodality Acquisition and Review System (MARS) is described that will support this new digital lightbox with performance features that meet or exceed the characteristic use of film in today's medical imaging departments.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.


  1. 1.

    Dwyer, S. J., III, Templeton, A. W., Martin N. C., et al., The cost of managing digital diagnostic images.Radiology 144(2):313–318, 1982.

  2. 2.

    Lehr, J. L., Impact of manual and computer-assisted PACS for automated PACSProceedings (PACS II), SPIE 418:6–13, 1983.

  3. 3.

    Zielonka, J. S., Impact of PACS on the organizations of radiology departments.Proceedings (PACS II) SPIE 418:14–16, 1983.

  4. 4.

    Blaine, G. J., Hill, R. L., Cox, R. G., and Jost, R. G., PACS workbench at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR).Proceedings (PACS II) SPIE 418:80–86, 1983.

  5. 5.

    Kalivoda, F. J., Speigelhoff, D. R., Steinman, J. A., Yuille, D. L., et al. Clinical experience with an operating prototype picture archiving and communication system (PACS).Proceedings (PACS II) SPIE 418:92–99, 1983.

  6. 6.

    Hughes, S. H. C., Picture archiving and communications systems (PACS): Introductory systems analysis considerations.Proceedings (PACS II) SPIE 418:122–126, 1983.

  7. 7.

    Huang, H. K., Mankovich, N. J., Barbaric, Z., Kangarloo, H., and Moler, C., Design and implementation of multiple digital viewing stations.Proceedings (PACS II) SPIE 418:189–198, 1983.

  8. 8.

    Meyer-Ebrecht, D., and Wendler, T. H., Concept of the diagnostic image workstation.Proceedings (PACS II) SPIE 418:180–188, 1983.

  9. 9.

    Rutherford, H. G., and Gray, M. J., Digital lightbox, one of the integral pieces of PACS.Proceedings (PACS II) SPIE 418:54–65, 1983.

  10. 10.

    Templeton, A. W., Keynote address, Concepts of a peripheralized image management system.Proceedings (PACS II) SPIE 418:2–3, 1983.

Download references

Author information

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Gray, M., Rutherford, H. Efficacy of a real-time digital disk in the digital lightbox. J Med Syst 8, 189–195 (1984).

Download citation


  • Review System
  • Performance Feature
  • Digital Imaging
  • Medical Imaging
  • Resultant Image