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Monitor Config settings in Amicas/Emageon PACS

posted Sep 29, 2009, 4:21 PM by Matt Granger
This isn't anything you can't read about in the PACS help file or release notes, but I thought I would shed some light on it since some of the PACS admins I run into didn't know about it.  In PACS you can choose exactly which monitors will display images by modifying the monitor configuration setting.  This is a per workstation setting by the way.  From the worklist screen click View -> Monitor Configuration and you'll get a window like this:
The string of text decides how your monitor is going to be used.  The above example is from a three monitor diagnostic workstation and it is using the (-GL) switch to shut off OpenGL on that monitor.  Do you have trouble with some workstations displaying a big black X through all the images, or no images at all?  You could shut off everyone's OpenGL settings on their individual accounts to fix it, or just use the (-GL) switch to force it off on that monitor.  Amicas recommends that OpenGL be shut off on the worklist monitor, btw.

Here are two more examples:

1=0x0;2=1x1(-GL);3=1x1;4=1x1
Using 0x0 will make PACS ignore that monitor altogether.  This is perfect for 3 or 4 monitor setups where you want to keep one monitor dedicated to something other than PACS (voice recognition, RIS, etc.)

1=1x1(-GL);2=2x1
Do you have dual monitors on your desktop?  With this configuration, PACS will pretend your second monitor is actually two monitors side by side.  This lets you mimic a 3 monitor diagnostic workstation setup and it great for building hanging protocols.