Philips CD-Medical — A new era in digital cardiac review, exchange and archiving

  • Kitty Vreeswijk
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 186)


A major cost component in cardiac angiography is the use of cinefilm. In addition, cinefilm is very inefficient to develop and to store and also difficult to reproduce. There is one unique archival copy, and if it becomes torn, or lost, it cannot be replaced. Consequently, physicians and administrators looking to save time, increase efficiency and cut costs are also looking to eliminate cinefilm use. The increase in digital cardiac procedures has led to a desire for a compatible, effective digital archiving and communication system. The challenge in cardiology is to find a digital solution for cardiac archiving that meets three basic requirements:
  1. 1.

    Cost effectiveness

  2. 2.

    Ability to perform the basic clinical functions: Review, Exchange and Archive

  3. 3.

    Standard format for exchange


CD-Medical is a single-medium solution, based on CD technology, that fully conforms to the DICOM standard for exchange as defined by the ACC/NEMA Committee. By extending the functionality to review and archive, Philips has created a cost-effective solution to cardiac image management.

CD-Medical is based on a scalable, natural growth path. As advanced technology becomes available, further efficiency improvement can be achieved as extensions to the digital cine replacement based on CD-Medical. Such networked, multimedia solutions will offer short term on-line storage of images, information integration and communication over larger distances.


Magnetic Tape Joint Photographic Expert Group Digital Archive DICOM Standard Digital Tape 
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