The 32-inch LCD monitor
The 32-inch LCD monitor
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Sony Corp will release a 32-inch medical 3D LCD monitor Aug 1, 2013.

The company expects that doctors and assistants will use the monitor, "LMD-3251MT," for checking images during medical operations in which operation microscopes, 3D endoscopes, robots for endoscopic surgery, etc are used. There is no manufacturer's suggested retail price, but its expected retail price is ¥1.3 million (approx US$13,147).

Sony calls peripheral devices dealing with 3D medical images "Medical 3D Solutions" and is expanding the product line. Together with the 3D head-mounted display (HMD) that is for endoscopic surgery and was announced July 23, 2013, the company increased the number of display devices.

With the LMD-3251MT, whose panel is equipped with a polarizing filter, 3D video is watched by using circularly polarized glasses. Its pixel count is 1,920 x 1,080. It uses LED backlight. The monitor supports gamma settings for the DICOM communication standard for medical digital images. As a result, it can be used as a medical display for X-ray CT scanners, MRI machines, etc.

For the new monitor, Sony employed a power-saving design. The power consumption of the new monitor is up to about 25% lower than that of the company's 24-inch medical LCD monitor that has already been released.