[visionlist] Shielded display for MR environment
wade at ski.org
Thu Nov 24 01:35:07 GMT 2005
A while ago I asked for suggestions on building a shielded display
screen for displaying video stimuli to subjects in an MRI scanner. Many
thanks to everyone who responded.
We have completed this project and are very happy with the final
product. I thought that the vision community might be interested in the
device we finally ended up with - particularly as the machine shop that
built it for us has offered to make more at a reasonable cost.
The display is built around a commercial 32" Westinghouse LCD device
available at BestBuy :
It can be driven by a VGA signal as well as composite video and DVI. The
nominal refresh rate is 60Hz. We measure a full contrast rise time of
about 10ms and a fall time of about 16ms. We have not yet measured the
homogeneity of the screen in a precise manner but it appears 'flat' to
the naked eye and to spot measurements with a photometer. There are no
'gun additivity' errors: the luminance of a white patch is equal to the
sum of the luminances of the individual red, green and blue components
The device is enclosed in a custom-built aluminum enclosure. I/O happens
through two shielded conduits at the back: shielded cables can be coiled
around a spiral 'maze' before entering the box which reduces RF noise
leakage. The front of the box is made of conductive glass.
We have tested the display in an MR environment (3T GE Signa scanner)
and it generates no detectable noise.
Photos are available here:
If you would like more details, please contact me and I can put you in
touch with the supplier.
A.R. Wade Ph.D.
Brain Imaging Center
The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
2318 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
tel. 415 345 2083
fax. 309 416 6533
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