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Experience with a DICOM-compatible digital pediatric echocardiography laboratory. Pediatr Cardiol 2002 Jan-Feb;23(1):53-7



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2-s2.0-0036359189   9 Citations


A digital pediatric echocardiography laboratory, without videotape redundancy was established at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in December 1998. To characterize the experience, 1198 consecutive patient studies were reviewed-50% from the first 2 months after establishing the digital protocol and 50% from the last 2 months available. Each study was stored using a protocol that was based on capture of single beat clips of relevant two-dimensional/color Doppler imaging and static frame spectral Doppler tracings. Studies were digitally compressed using a DICOM-compatible JPEG algorithm at 20:1 and edited with deletions of redundant clips to minimize archival storage needs. Study quality was uniformly excellent, and no errors were attributable to the digital protocol or compression-related loss of information. The average study required 21.5 +/- 11.4 MB of storage space with 35.4 +/- 12.3 total clips/study captured. Studies reviewed from the earlier experience were not significantly larger (23.6 +/- 14 vs 19.7 +/- 8.1 MB, 35.6 +/- 12.5 vs 35.2 +/- 12 clips) than those done recently. Studies in patients with isolated ventricular septal defect used comparable storage (23.7 +/- 8.9 MB, 42.8 +/- 11.5 clips) to that of the group as a whole. More complex congenital heart disease studies were slightly larger-tetralogy of Fallot (28.2 +/- 19.5 MB, 43.4 +/- 13.9 clips), transposition of the great arteries (30.6 +/- 17.4 MB, 40.3 +/- 16.7 clips), and single ventricle (29.7 +/- 19.6 MB, 39.9 +/- 12 clips)--although this trend was not significant. This study suggests that digital pediatric echo is feasible using a DICOM-compatible protocol with maintenance of diagnostic integrity despite compression of study size to allow rapid archival storage and retrieval.

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Frommelt PC, Whitstone EN, Frommelt MA


Michele Ann Frommelt MD Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Peter C. Frommelt MD Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Analog-Digital Conversion
Computer Communication Networks
Heart Diseases
Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
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