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Realization of Security Concepts for DICOM-based Distributed Medical Services

Journal: Methods Archive
ISSN: 0026-1270
Issue: 2000 (Vol. 39): Issue 4/5 2000
Pages: 348-352

Realization of Security Concepts for DICOM-based Distributed Medical Services

J. Bernarding, A. Thiel, T. Tolxdorff

Institute of Medical Informatics, Biometrics, and Epidemiology, University Hospital Benjamin Franklin, Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany


Telemedicine, Secured Data Transfer, DICOM, PACS, ATM


Exploiting distributed hard- and software resources for telemedicine requires a fast, secure, and platform-independent data exchange. Standards without inherent security mechanisms such as DICOM may ease non-authorized data access. Therefore, exemplary telemedical data streams were analyzed within the Berlin metropolitan area network using specialized magnetic resonance imaging techniques and distributed resources for data postprocessing. For secure DICOM communication both the Secure Socket Layer Protocol and a DICOM-conform partial encryption of patient-relevant data were implemented. Partial encryption exhibited the highest transfer rate and enabled a secure long-term storage. Different data streams between secured and unsecured networks were realized using partial encryption.

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