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January 24, 1996

Images Gleaned at Radiologists' Annual Meeting

JAMA. 1996;275(4):270-271. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530280020008

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AMONG THE diverse presentations at the 81st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, Ill, were a method for securing the privacy of transmitted medical images, a diagnostic procedure that may save patients with "skier's thumb" from undergoing unnecessary surgery, an experimental surgical technique that someday may allow gastrointestinal operations to be performed without general anesthesia or an abdominal incision, and methods to improve detection of domestic violence.

Securing Medical Images  Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, have developed a security system to prevent unauthorized persons from viewing or tampering with radiological images transmitted over computer networks. The system, which was developed by Stephen T. C. Wong, PhD, assistant professor of radiology and bioengineering, and colleagues will protect medical images that are transmitted to other departments within a hospital or to remote sites."An unresolved issue of transmitting medical images