I repair ultrasounds in hospitals. There IS a universal format that all pieces of medical equipment that are hooked up to the network use. It is called DICOM. It stands for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine. It does not matter if the images are coming from a GE ultrasound or a Philips MRI or a Siemens CT Scanner, those images will be able to be viewed with DICOM. This standard is international. Here is a link if you want to know more - http://medical.nema.org/.
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