BOLDscreen 32 LCD for fMRI

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Questions about the BOLDscreen 32?


Designed for 60 and 70cm bores, the premium 32" 1920x1080 widescreen LCD display features up to 16-bit RGB colour control, 1400:1 contrast ratio and 120Hz panel drive.

Our BOLDscreen monitors are the only "MRI Compatible" MR Safe displays with no time lag, integrated sensor for luminance calibration and, of course, no interference with the scanner, even when positioned right at the exit of the bore.

PDF icon M0135C BOLDscreen 32 Datasheet

Guide Price: £17500

SKU: M0135

The secrets of BOLDscreen 32

As a scientist, you need to know the advantages and limitations of the technology you use, and understand which features really affect the quality of your stimulus. There are no secrets to Cambridge Research Systems' products - just good engineering, which we are happy to explain. If you don't find the answers you're looking for here, please drop us an email.

My experiment requires accurate stimulus timing.
Can I rely on BOLDscreen to present my images synchronous with the display driver in the source PC?

Yes - all our BOLDscreen monitors offer uniquely accurate timing.

Most MR Safe monitors were originally designed for TV or PC use, and will lag behind the input signal by many frames, in an uncontrolled way. But timing can be crucial in scientific applications. BOLDscreen is designed to deliver your video signal directly to the screen. There is a very small fixed delay equal to just one horizontal line (~100 microseconds).

Why a 32" display?

The 32” display provides maximum field of view for 60 and 70cm bores. It is designed to be placed in close proximity to the viewer right at the exit of the bore of the scanner. This keeps the viewing distance is as short as possible - about 1m. Since viewing distance dramatically affects the field of view, BOLDscreen 32 can achieve a larger field of view than bigger monitors with longer viewing distance.

Why not use a display with higher pixel resolution?

The BOLDscreen 32 has a high resolution 1920x1080 LCD panel which provides a pixel density of about 70 pixels per inch. This is enough to make the each pixel indistinguishable - even at the closest possible viewing distance of 1m. More resolution is pointless as it's beyond the limit of typical visual acuity.

How does BOLDscreen's fixed resolution ensure that what you put in, is what you get out?

BOLDscreen 32 operates at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 @ 120Hz and 100Hz, and at 1440x1080 @ 100Hz. For horizontal resolutions less than 1920 px, the video is padded with black areas at both sides.

Scaling and resampling by the stimulus monitor is highly undesireable, as it changes your stimulus and timing in uncontrolled ways. BOLDscreen 32 is purposefully designed with no image processing circuitry, so that unlike other monitors, you can be sure that what you put in is what you get out. If you need to scale the image to a different resolution, we recommend using the GPU scaling feature of your computer's graphics card. Alternatively, the BOLDscreen 32 AVI features rescale functionality and will sync to a wide range of resolutions and frame rates.

How does BOLDscreen's contrast ratio compare with other displays?

Some manufacturers quote high contrast figures which compare white versus black with the screen switched off. We don't think that's a useful measurement, as the screen is not switched off when you're presenting stimuli! We measure the contrast between the emitted light though the panel with the pixels set to white versus set to black with the same backlight intensity – what you see in actual use. Measured in this way, BOLDscreen has a stunning typical contrast ratio of 1400:1, which greatly exceeds most high quality IPS desktop LCD displays.

Why is built-in calibration an essential feature?

The output of an LCD display varies greatly over time – typically luminance will change by up to 20% in the first hour and a half after turning the screen on. BOLDscreen 32 offers real time luminance calibration ensuring a stable, calibrated display immediately from switch-on, and maintaining the same level of output even when BOLDscreen 32 has been running for hours.

Why have we used an IPS (In-Plane Switching) LCD Panel?

We selected this technology to deliver the best possible response time, viewing angle and colour reproduction. If you'd like to see the full specification of the LCD we chose for BOLDscreen 32, we can provide you with a copy of the manufacturer's data sheet.

Can I change any settings like brightness or any configurations on BOLDscreen itself?

Yes. We designed BOLDscreen 32 without physical buttons, as they can cause electromagnetic interference, and are susceptible to accidental changes! Instead, all settings are easily configured on a removable SD card.

If my subjects view BOLDscreen 32 via a headcoil mounted mirror, how will “mirror-mode” make things easier?

The mirror mode feature allows you to automatically left/right flip your image when your subject is viewing the display via a single mirror, without the requirement to manually adjust your stimuli.

What fibre optic cables are included when purchasing a BOLDscreen 32?

We provide a dual-link DVI transmitter and separate 30m LC - LC multimode 50/125 duplex fibre patch cable with each BOLDscreen 32 display. The fibre is passed through the waveguide into the control room and connected to the provided transmitter. Just attach the transmitter to your host computer DVI output. If you have a DisplayPort or HDMI output on your graphics card, or you need to support input from multiple sources, then the BOLDscreen 32 AVI should be used.

Can BOLDscreen 32 really be placed right next to my scanner without causing interference?

We are the only manufacturer and vendor that provides a MR Safe LCD monitor that you can site anywhere inside the MRI room, even directly at the exit of the rear of the magnet bore so that you can maximise the visual field of view.

BOLDscreen 32 has no observed effect on functional and structural MRI scans at 3T or 7T, even when located at directly at the exit of scanner bore, and no effect on displayed image whilst scanning..

How can an electronic device like a monitor be MR Safe? 

BOLDscreen 32 is constructed mostly from aluminium, 316 stainless steel, glass and plastic. These materials are non-magnetic. There is a very small amount of ferro-magnetic content due mainly to nickel plating on some miniature electronic components, and some tiny ferrite components. This content is of the order of a few grammes in a total monitor mass of about 19kg. The BOLDscreen 32 electronics have been designed to work in the high magnetic field (it is not just a normal LCD monitor in a screened box). There is therefore no electrical hazard from operating BOLDscreen 32 in the magnetic field of any field strength. The display is MR Safe, and the power supply and cables are MR Conditional, as defined by ASTM F2503-08.

I'm still not sure - can I try out BOLDscreen 32 for 30 days before I decide?

We want all of our customers to be very happy with the equipment we supply. Please contact us to discuss your requirements, and we will help you to assess whether BOLDscreen 32 is the best solution for your research.

If you're still not sure, ask us for a 30 day trial: you place an order for BOLDscreen 32 in the normal way, then you have 30 days to try it out with your scanner, with the option to cancel if you decide that it's unsuitable in any way.

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