Standards on digital echocardiography: An Israel heart society position paper presented by the Israel working Group on echocardiography

Marina Leitman*, Yan Topilsky, Vladimir Tyomkin, Shemy Carasso, Sara Shimoni, Sorel Goland, Sagit Ben Zekry, Alik Sagie, Noah Liel Cohen, Chaim Yosefy Md, Ronen Beeri

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The output settings of echocardiographic systems should be set to the full (original) frame rate and lossless compression (e.g., run-length encoding) in order to transmit echocardiographic videos so that they retain their original quality. In addition, monitors and display cards of echocardiography systems and workstations should be able to support an adaptive refresh rate for displaying video at an arbitrary frame rate, including a high frame rate (90+ fps) without dropping frames and preserving the original frame duration. Currently, the only available option for echocardiography monitors is 144-165 Hz (or higher) based on adaptive frame rate G-Sync or FreeSync technology monitors. These monitors should be accompanied by compatible display cards. Echocardiography systems and workstation video playback software should support G-Sync or FreeSync adaptive frame rate technology to display echocardiography videos at their original frame rates without the effects of jitter and frame drops. Echocardiography systems should support an online display of the videos on the workstations during acquisition with the original quality. The requirements for web-based workstations are exactly the same as for desktops workstations. Hospital digital networks should provide transmission and long-term archiving of the echocardiographic videos in their original acquisition quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-527
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2019


  • Digital echocardiography
  • Echocardiography monitors
  • Echocardiography video
  • Echocardiography workstations


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