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A proxy of DICOM services
Author(s): Luís S. Ribeiro; Carlos Costa; José Luís Oliveira
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Paper Abstract

Diagnostic tools supported by digital medical images have increasingly become an essential aid to medical decisions. However, despite its growing importance, Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) are typically oriented to support a single healthcare institution, and the sharing of medical data across institutions is still a difficult process. This paper describes a proposal to publish and control Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine (DICOM) services in a wide domain composed of several healthcare institutions. The system creates virtual bridges between intranets enabling the exchange, search and store of the medical data within the wide domain. The service provider publishes the DICOM services following a token-based strategy. The token advertisements are public and known by all system users. However, access to the DICOM service is controlled through a role association between an access key and the service. Furthermore, in medical diagnoses, time is a crucial factor. Therefore, our system is a turnkey solution, capable of exchanging medical data across firewalls and Network Address Translation (NAT), avoiding bureaucratic issues with local network security. Security is also an important concern - in any transmission across different domains, data is encrypted by Transport Layer Security (TLS).

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 March 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7628, Medical Imaging 2010: Advanced PACS-based Imaging Informatics and Therapeutic Applications, 76280L (11 March 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.843572
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Luís S. Ribeiro, Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)
Carlos Costa, Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)
José Luís Oliveira, Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7628:
Medical Imaging 2010: Advanced PACS-based Imaging Informatics and Therapeutic Applications
Brent J. Liu; William W. Boonn, Editor(s)

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