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How Echocardigraphy Entered the Digital Age (Part 3) Written by: Dr. Harvey Feigenbaum

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  • How Echocardigraphy Entered the Digital Age (Part 3) Written by: Dr. Harvey Feigenbaum

    Today’s Digital Echocardiography Begins

    There were some companies selling generic digital systems of echocardiography. Unfortunately, they did not have all of the features that I felt were needed. I tried to get the people who developed the system that we were using to upgrade the software. Our network was still DOS-based. It was not using state-of-the-art Windows software . They either couldn’t or wouldn’t do the upgrade. So I went to my son Tom who had a software company which was developing scientific and mathematics software. I wanted one of his programmers to help our programmers upgrade our system. He asked me what I wanted. The first feature that I wanted was at least two image screens so I could visualize 2 or more simultaneous side-by-side images. He used his own software and gave me many of the desired features in about 6 weeks. This all took place in December 1998. A workable software product was developed by November 1999 and we went live in December 1999.

    That product was ProSolv. It was approved by the FDA in 3 months. It was eventually adopted by Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic around 2005 and was the real start of digital echocardiography as we know it today. Years later ProSolv was purchased by Fuji.
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