OKI Europe launched its new range of DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) embedded printers aimed at the specialist medical imaging market. OKI says that it is the first company to introduce LED-based print solutions, which are significantly faster, more flexible and cost-effective than existing DICOM solutions based on film or solid ink technologies.
DICOM is the primary international standard for the handling, storing, printing and transmission of medical imaging and other related information. A DICOM Print Server is fully embedded in the new OKI A3 and A4 printers, so there is no need for conversion software or external hardware.
Medical institutes no longer have to settle for expensive printing on specialist media and devices. Medical images such as x-rays, nuclear medicine, MRI and CT scans and ultrasounds can be printed on a range of media, in High Definition colour for non-diagnostic purposes such as medical discussions or for clients or patients to take away. The DICOM printers are based on OKI's existing range of award-winning printers and double up as day-to-day office printers, cutting down on the number of devices and consumables used saving time, money and space.
"As our solution is DICOM embedded, this avoids the need to install separate costly drivers and print servers, with the associated problems of communication between multiple devices," confirms Lee Webster, general manager product marketing, OKI Europe.
"This is a cost-effective approach, with no need to manage or configure the printer. It is also highly robust, as it is not likely to slow down or block existing medical production," says Webster.