While three-dimensional (3-D) imaging systems are entering hospitals, no study to date has explored the luminance calibration needs of 3-D stereoscopic diagnostic displays and if they differ from two-dimensional (2-D) displays. Since medical display calibration incorporates the human contrast sensitivity function (CSF), we first assessed the 2-D CSF for benchmarking and then examined the impact of two image parameters on the 3-D stereoscopic CSF: (1) five depth plane (DP) positions (between DP: and DP: 2853 mm), and (2) three 3-D inclinations (0 deg, 45 deg, and 60 deg around the horizontal axis of a DP). Stimuli were stereoscopic images of a vertically oriented 2-D Gabor patch at one of seven frequencies ranging from 0.4 to . CSFs were measured for seven to nine human observers with a staircase procedure. The results indicate that the 2-D CSF model remains valid for a 3-D stereoscopic display regardless of the amount of disparity between the stereo images. We also found that the 3-D CSF at does not differ from the 3-D CSF at for DPs and disparities which allow effortless binocular fusion. Therefore, the existing 2-D medical luminance calibration algorithm remains an appropriate tool for calibrating polarized stereoscopic medical displays.