The development of multimedia image review stations offers the cardiologist the ability to review multiple image sets in a single setting rather than moving from one review station to another. To accomplish this goal there are three essential barriers: 1) memory requirements for digital images; 2) standardization of data format; and 3) practical user interfaces. Image compression algorithms can be used to overcome the digital barrier; however, these must be used cautiously so as to not adversely affect image quality. The lack of standardization is being addressed by the implementation of the Digitial Communication in Medicine (DICOM) standard, and practical user interfaces are being developed every day with the widespread implementation of World Wide Web technology. These solutions will allow the clinician to review all of a patient's image data in one location, such as in the office, on the nursing unit, or at home.
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