Since 1989, the integration of medical images into the total hospital information system (HIS) has been investigated and developed at Kochi Medical School. The basic concept of the integration is that, in the same way they can view text based data, doctors can retrieve and view images using the PC terminals of the total HIS. The possibility of utilizing the PC terminals of the total HIS as image viewing stations was investigated. A test run was performed in the period from October 1995 to July 1997. The test run revealed that fast image access is crucial in order for the system to be useful for doctors. After making various improvements, the final system became well used in the clinical practice. However, in order to progress to the film-less stage, the final system still has three problems that must be solved: quality of the image display, operation of multi-exams, and quality assurance of the digital image.