State of the art DICOM-embedded printing equipment and DICOM RIP printing technology can provide doctors, veterinarians, surgeons and consultants with a tangible and easy-to-understand way to examine x-ray, nuclear medicine, MRI, CT and ultrasound scans and explain the results to their patients. In orthopaedics for example, the provision of banner images printed to life size scale from a DICOM device will allow faster diagnoses through greater image clarity.
Studies have shown that it takes only 150 milliseconds for people to process images that are shown to them, and then another 100 milliseconds for them to attach meaning to it. The entire process takes less time than the blink of an eye whereas words can take up to twice as long to process and recognise.
A more recent MIT study suggests that we can understand the meaning of an image in only 13 milliseconds – ten times faster than the blink of an eye. Further studies have found that adding colour to important documents has been shown to increase recall of that technical information by up to 82 percent.
For medical organisations, DICOM printing will reduce the amount of time it takes for medical staff to explain medical conditions to their patients from printed scans and results, and minimises the opportunity for the wrong misinterpretation to be given thanks to the clarity of the printed images.
DICOM printing will increase patient satisfaction through the businesses ability to track course of treatments (for example, dental aesthetics progress to improve smiles, rehabilitation progress) to patients more clearly and easily through the use of sharp, large format images that are easy for patients and their loved ones to understand.
In policing and law, DICOM print outs can provide high quality forensic evidence, not only allowing law enforcement to accurately understand how crimes have taken place but also helping courts to apply the most suitable sentences to the correct suspects. From a marketing perspective, DICOM printed forensic evidence also allows police forces to share clear and accurate details through relevant media channels, informing the public about closed cases and helping to gather valuable information from the public about open cases.