The widespread diffusion of echocardiography requires to rationalize clinical examination archives; the recent improvement in computer processing speed and the addition of image processing capabilities on standard personal computer by using multimedia technology provide a low-cost solution to improve video digital acquisition and base management. Furthermore, the diffusion of computer networks supports the possibility of sending images in digital format from a work station to another. In this study we describe the setting-up of a system for echocardiographic image acquisition, storage, base management and analysis based on a standard multimedia Macintosh personal computer using readily available not-dedicated software. We tested the overall efficiency of this system in terms of time required to perform hardware and software procedures, storage capacity of the archive and possibility to exchange information with other wire-linked computer work-stations or via modem. This system has proven to require an acceptable time to perform all the procedures showing a high level of connectivity with other standard personal computer work-stations; however, some limitations with regard to time required in sending via modem long movie files need to be pointed out. In conclusion, in our experience new multimedia personal computer could offer to every physician with a minimum informatic knowledge the well known advantages of digital-video, at a reasonable cost.
|Translated title of the contribution||A multimedia echocardiographic archive|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine