Artículos de revistas
Providing Integrity and Authenticity in DICOM Images: A Novel Approach
IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN BIOMEDICINE, v.13, n.4, p.582-589, 2009
Kobayashi, Luiz Octavio Massato
Furuie, Sergio Shiguemi
Barreto, Paulo Sergio Licciardi Messeder
The increasing adoption of information systems in healthcare has led to a scenario where patient information security is more and more being regarded as a critical issue. Allowing patient information to be in jeopardy may lead to irreparable damage, physically, morally, and socially to the patient, potentially shaking the credibility of the healthcare institution. Medical images play a crucial role in such context, given their importance in diagnosis, treatment, and research. Therefore, it is vital to take measures in order to prevent tampering and determine their provenance. This demands adoption of security mechanisms to assure information integrity and authenticity. There are a number of works done in this field, based on two major approaches: use of metadata and use of watermarking. However, there still are limitations for both approaches that must be properly addressed. This paper presents a new method using cryptographic means to improve trustworthiness of medical images, providing a stronger link between the image and the information on its integrity and authenticity, without compromising image quality to the end user. Use of Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine structures is also an advantage for ease of development and deployment.