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  • Home workstation recs

    Posted by sehyj1 on July 6, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Hi,

    I’m in the market for a home workstation. There seem to be an enormous number of options. I am looking at large L-shaped desks which have the ability to sit or stand while reading. What do you have in your home, and would you recommend it to others?

    buckeyeguy replied 1 year, 8 months ago 18 Members · 65 Replies
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  • Unknown Member

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    July 6, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    I’ve had a biomorph desk for 10 years,  its been great.

    • btomba_77

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      July 6, 2020 at 3:42 pm

      I have a powered 60″ adjustable height desk that holds a full 4 monitor set plus my laptop.
       
      I also have an under-the-desk Lifespan treadmill.  I walked 3.5 miles on it today while reading and doing WebEx meetings.
       
      Highly recommend.
       
      (I have a barstool height chair that I put on the treadmill track for when I don’t want to walk … like right now)

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          • sehyj1

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            July 8, 2020 at 5:38 pm

            I ended going with almost an identical Uplift L-shaped, but 80 x 78. Is the wobble distracting? I know there will be some.

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                • heenadevk1119_462

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                  July 8, 2020 at 6:00 pm

                  Do you all find that just straight rectangle desks, L-shaped desks, or corner (curved) desks are best? I have this feeling that the simpler, the better. Have enough room to put a few monitors on the desk, and keep a tower on the ground if you have to. No?

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                    July 8, 2020 at 6:19 pm

                    Very informative thread. 
                    Slacman, impressive setup.
                     

                    • i2906

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                      July 8, 2020 at 10:46 pm

                      I’ll have what the Slacman is having.

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                      July 9, 2020 at 8:57 am

                      How high can these typically go? I have found that people over 6 feet often have to lean since the height isn’t quite high enough.

                    • obebwamivan_25

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                      July 9, 2020 at 9:46 am

                      Place phonebooks under the table legs.  [;)]

                    • heenadevk1119_462

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                      July 9, 2020 at 10:20 am

                      Quote from MPRAGE

                      I’ll have what the Slacman is having.

                       
                      Stylin’ and profilin’

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                      July 9, 2020 at 4:26 pm

                      Slac, are you at liberty to say what the desks cost you? You can pm me if you wish. Like it!

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                      July 9, 2020 at 6:04 pm

                      Thanks very much!

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                      July 9, 2020 at 7:16 pm

                      Quote from TheSLACman

                      if you want the 60×90 they can do it over the phone but here’s the site:

                      [link=https://www.upliftdesk.com/uplift-v2-l-shaped-standing-desk/]https://www.upliftdesk.co…-shaped-standing-desk/[/link]

                        I really like the ash gray and its WAY cheaper than the wood ones (I think the laminate tops are like 300$ or something). the majority of the price is the frame

                      That kind of detail is very helpful.
                      Expensive, but seems high quality.
                      Thanks.

                    • dxihac_981

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                      July 10, 2020 at 5:43 pm

                      Slac, what monitor arms did you buy?

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                    • dxihac_981

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                      July 11, 2020 at 12:23 pm

                      Slac, thank you for the info to start.  That’s what I’m afraid of — drooping of the monitors.  

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                    • nuhahussein320

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                      July 11, 2020 at 4:47 pm

                      I have two Ergotron 45-241-026 LX arms (may be newer models available now) and they hold up 32″ Dell UP3216Q monitors very well with only clamp style mounting.  If I did it over again though I would buy the available vertical extension arms to get them a little higher.

                    • sraghuvanshi1

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                      July 16, 2020 at 9:13 am

                      Anyone have a monitor arm recommendation capable of holding a heavy Barco (Coronis models)? They are around 45 lbs.

                      The usual desk clamp-on consumer models only seem to handle up to around 25lb.

            • mario.mtz30_447

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              July 17, 2020 at 10:48 pm

              Quote from api7342

              I ended going with almost an identical Uplift L-shaped, but 80 x 78. Is the wobble distracting? I know there will be some.

              Im looking at this one as well, vs. just the rectangle 80 x 30.  It would be nice to know how you like yours after you set it up.

              • katiemckee84_223

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                July 18, 2020 at 7:29 am

                Can one acquire the used Barco models inexpensively for a home work station? Where can one find a trustworthy source/how much? How difficult is the setup to put images on these from a VPN?
                 
                Would it be more realistic to just get a single tower with a good, large monitor for ER studies/tele – and just keep the operating system in the background as opposed to the side monitor?

                • cieminsjohn

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                  July 18, 2020 at 8:00 am

                  Bayland?
                   
                   [link=https://monitors.com/collections/refurbished/barco?page=2]https://monitors.com/collections/refurbished/barco?page=2[/link]

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                    July 20, 2020 at 1:36 pm

                    Does anyone know about reasonable portable PACs workstations or setups? What is really need diagnostically to be reasonable for ER reads?

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                      July 21, 2020 at 10:47 am

                      I’d like to know a range if you can guess, what is required, then what is desirable. Either portable carry or pack up a couple of screens, etc
                       
                      Are they like 5k? 10k? Can you make do with a good computer and a couple of screens with a dictaphone?

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                    • sraghuvanshi1

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                      July 21, 2020 at 1:38 pm

                      Any modern laptop can run PACS. $1-$1.5k laptop would be perfectly adequate and never bottleneck you. In terms of active reading just make sure your Internet is fast enough, the computer has little to do with it.

                    • heenadevk1119_462

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                      July 22, 2020 at 12:37 pm

                      Can those (all?) monitors be cut in half so that you can have that full display used as a two separate screens for PACS (new studies/old studies)? What about the connections for these monitors …
                       
                      Castlevania, are you trying to get an all in one or travel with pieces?

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                      July 22, 2020 at 1:45 pm

                      Quote from Dr. ****er

                      Castlevania, are you trying to get an all in one or travel with pieces?

                       
                      The travel suitcase type of thing looks cool but is likely too expensive/advanced in a sense, for my taste. It will probably be a couple of components that aren’t that hard to keep safe and separate.

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                      July 22, 2020 at 1:47 pm

                      Quote from golden gate

                      Any modern laptop can run PACS. $1-$1.5k laptop would be perfectly adequate and never bottleneck you. In terms of active reading just make sure your Internet is fast enough, the computer has little to do with it.

                       
                      OK, do you think an HP like SLAC suggests is good or another type. And LG or Dell for the monitor? Does it have to be 4k, or great black/contrast ratio … or are they so good they don’t really matter? Thanks for your help.

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                      July 22, 2020 at 4:14 pm

                      Great thread; more helpful than most.
                      Seems to me the LG’s are great monitors, from what many have said.
                      Slac seems to know what he is talking about.
                      An IT guy may have a different opinion, but they aren’t radiologists. 
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                    • cieminsjohn

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                      July 22, 2020 at 5:13 pm

                      Quote from TheSLACman

                      Get the lg32ul950 its really good if you dont do mammo, cd/m2 is 450 I believe which is what we used to run out barco monitors at when I was a resident.

                      My hp omen is good for how I use it, prefetching about 30 cases, reading and done. I dont know how it would work on a busy er shift.

                      The workstation I built is about 7000$ with all really high end components, works like a beast reading hundreds of cases without pause

                       
                      How’s that monitor for gaming though?

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                    • sraghuvanshi1

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                      July 23, 2020 at 11:56 pm

                      Castlevania – a midlevel HP ZBook will do the job and a lot of practices use this as their remote PACS workhorse. Remember to get a decent docking station to connect up multiple monitors and peripherals.

                      As for the monitor agree with the LG, should be fine. If you are an enthusiast you could consider the PA32UCX. Personally I am waiting for the PA32UCG or equivalent 4k IPS 120Hz refresh high density FALD display to come out – maybe later in 2020.

                    • Chris7549

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                      July 25, 2020 at 6:48 am

                      I have an uplift desk bought on Craigslist for 1/3 the price of new. Looking (on Craigslist) to find a second one to make an L. Works and looks nice. Also trying to find a new chair. Thinking of ordering this: [link=https://www.staples.com/La-Z-Boy-Bradley-Leather-Executive-Office-Chair-Fixed-Arms-Brown-44762/product_1104593]https://www.staples.com/L…-44762/product_1104593[/link]

                    • sraghuvanshi1

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                      July 25, 2020 at 11:58 am

                      Get a Steelcase Leap off Craigslist for same price or less. Much better chair. Lots of businesses liquidating near new or lightly used office equipment these days.

                    • ruszja

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                      July 25, 2020 at 12:43 pm

                      Quote from NeuroJewDo

                        Also trying to find a new chair. Thinking of ordering this: [link=https://www.staples.com/La-Z-Boy-Bradley-Leather-Executive-Office-Chair-Fixed-Arms-Brown-44762/product_1104593]https://www.staples.com/L…-44762/product_1104593[/link]

                       
                      I dont care for those ‘boardroom chairs’ to work. That ‘bonded leather’ is just not that comfortable. I prefer a cloth covered high-back.

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                      July 25, 2020 at 2:12 pm

                      Quote from golden gate

                      Castlevania – a midlevel HP ZBook will do the job and a lot of practices use this as their remote PACS workhorse. Remember to get a decent docking station to connect up multiple monitors and peripherals.

                      As for the monitor agree with the LG, should be fine. If you are an enthusiast you could consider the PA32UCX. Personally I am waiting for the PA32UCG or equivalent 4k IPS 120Hz refresh high density FALD display to come out – maybe later in 2020.

                       
                      Thanks to you and all the rest for good tips and insight. I appreciate it.

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                      July 25, 2020 at 2:16 pm

                      Is 16 GB RAM required or do the $1k laptops do the job? It seems like super power and might be worth it, especially if it is a business write off.

                    • cieminsjohn

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                      July 28, 2020 at 8:04 pm

                      LG 32HL512D caught my eye today. 
                       
                       
                      8MP diagnostic monitor
                      2 DisplayPort video inputs, this monitor can be operated as two 4MP screens or as a single 8MP screen. PerfectLUM Calibration Software 

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                    • sehyj1

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                      July 31, 2020 at 6:06 pm

                      My uplift desk came a few days ago. It’s great so far.

                    • mario.mtz30_447

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                      July 26, 2020 at 7:49 pm

                      Quote from TheSLACman

                       prefetching about 30 cases, reading and done. I dont know how it would work on a busy er shift.

                      Wondering how long does it takes to prefetch all these cases?

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                      July 27, 2020 at 4:38 pm

                      With PACS on a 2k laptop and vpn hookup on the other end (that you guys say causes the bottlenecking) … how hard is reading ER (radiographs, US, CT, occasional MRI)

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                      July 27, 2020 at 10:23 pm

                      not bad, if you can prefetch – it’ll work in the background. 
                      Otherwise – open up your study list – start downloading everything, go get a cup of coffee and everything should be archived. 
                      Additionally, most PACS systems you can download in the background while reviewing other studies that you already have retrieved earlier.

                    • dr_selva73

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                      September 25, 2020 at 9:27 am

                      Does anyone have any experience with the LG 32HL512D monitor?  It is advertised as an 8MP diagnostic display with perfectlum calibration.  Not for mammo.  It is currently being trialed at our hospital with positive feedback.  I am interested in it for my home workstation.  It is a great price relative to Barco but about double the cost of the LG UL950 that some on here seem to be big fans of.  Is the 510(k) FDA approval important/necessary in terms of medicolegal risk?  
                       
                      Thanks. 

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                      September 25, 2020 at 10:07 am

                      I would get the more expensive diagnostic monitor for a couple reasons. Integrated calibrator plus software, better support, dual inputs (one input can jack up hanging protocols), fda approval and less risk of hassle if sued. Plus I want a competitor to barco.

                    • radiologistkahraman_799

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                      February 24, 2021 at 7:26 am

                      Possible to use latest and greatest iMac, possibly paired with some of the LG monitors.  Presume I would have to run Windows on it via Parallels or something

                    • buckeyeguy

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                      October 29, 2022 at 5:26 pm

                      Has anyone used the HON standup desks, motorized or lever? I always like their chairs, so just curious if their desks were good or good for being basic. Thanks.

                    • ruszja

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                      October 29, 2022 at 6:01 pm

                      Quote from TurboEcho

                      Possible to use latest and greatest iMac, possibly paired with some of the LG monitors.  Presume I would have to run Windows on it via Parallels or something

                      You can do that. In my experience the performance of this solution is lacking compared with running it natively on even a basic PC. There at frequent incompatibilities between Parallels and the various IT products hospital IT foists on us.

                    • ruszja

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                      October 29, 2022 at 6:06 pm

                      Quote from rad567

                      Does anyone have any experience with the LG 32HL512D monitor?  It is advertised as an 8MP diagnostic display with perfectlum calibration.  Not for mammo.  It is currently being trialed at our hospital with positive feedback.  I am interested in it for my home workstation.  It is a great price relative to Barco but about double the cost of the LG UL950 that some on here seem to be big fans of.  Is the 510(k) FDA approval important/necessary in terms of medicolegal risk?  

                      Thanks. 

                      I have both the UL950 and the 32HL512D. I got both at the same time and made a post comparing the two at the time . It’s the same panel with some differences on the input side. Note that the version of Perfectlum that ships with the monitor is ancient and that there is no current version for Mac. It took some back&forth with both companies to get a license for a current version .

                    • radiologistkahraman_799

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                      October 30, 2022 at 9:26 am

                      to slightly change the subject from monitors… is it possible to run 2 different pacs on same PC with 2 separate powerscribes?  I’ve always been told 2 PS on one unit gets FUBAR’d?  

                    • ruszja

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                      October 30, 2022 at 9:58 am

                      Quote from TurboEcho

                      to slightly change the subject from monitors… is it possible to run 2 different pacs on same PC with 2 separate powerscribes?  I’ve always been told 2 PS on one unit gets FUBAR’d?  

                       
                      You can run your PC as a hypervisor with two instances of Windows under  VMWare workstation. You can either switch one microphone between the two instances or you get two microphones and tie one to instance 1 and the other to instance 2. Two microphones is preferable as PS can get all huffed up and upset if you remove the microphone that it thinks is there.

                    • buckeyeguy

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                      October 31, 2022 at 8:42 am

                      Any comment on the HON desks (standup)? Thanks.

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            July 25, 2020 at 4:24 pm

            Quote from TheSLACman

            ^^The desk is from UPLIFT and is 60×90 L shaped – ash grey laminate. looks great and is sit/stand

            32 inch diagnostic monitor
            34 inch side monitor
            24 inch vertical side monitor

            the 2 monitors on the right are for my Mac

            the PC is a beast – custom made digital storm – 128 gb ram, rtx 4000 gpu, and 18 core intel 1080 cpu 

            But can it run Crysis?

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