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Building a gateway with open source software for secure-DICOM communication over insecure networks
Author(s): Dirk Emmel; Jens Ricke; Lutz Stohlmann; Alexander Haderer; Roland Felix
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Paper Abstract

For Teleradiology the exchange of DICOM-images is needed for several purposes. Existing solutions often don't consider about the needs for data security and data privacy. Communication is done without any encryption over insecure networks or with encryption using proprietary solutions, which reduces the data communication possibilities to partners with the same equipment. Our goal was to build a gateway, which offers a transparent solution for secure DICOM-communication in a heterogeneous environment We developed a PC-based gateway system with DICOM-communication to the in-house network and secure DICOM communication for the communication over the insecure network. One gateway installed at each location is responsible for encryption/decryption. The sender just transfers the image data over the DICOM protocol to the local gateway. The gateway forwards the data to the gateway on the destination site using the secure DICOM protocol, which is part of the DICOM standard. The receiving gateway forwards the image data to the final destination again using the DICOM-Protocol. The gateway is based on Open Source software and runs under several operating systems. Our experience shows a reliable solution, which solves security issues for DICOM communication of image data and integrates seamless into a heterogeneous DICOM environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4685, Medical Imaging 2002: PACS and Integrated Medical Information Systems: Design and Evaluation, (16 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.467013
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Dirk Emmel, Univ. Hospital of the Humbolt Univ. (Germany)
Jens Ricke, Univ. Hospital of the Humbolt Univ. (Germany)
Lutz Stohlmann, Univ. Hospital of the Humbolt Univ. (Germany)
Alexander Haderer, Univ. Hospital of the Humbolt Univ. (Germany)
Roland Felix, Univ. Hospital of the Humbolt Univ. (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4685:
Medical Imaging 2002: PACS and Integrated Medical Information Systems: Design and Evaluation
Eliot L. Siegel; H. K. Huang, Editor(s)

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