Ensure Anonymization in your Presentation’s Clinical Images

AAHPM recently became aware that educational programs that include clinical images in PowerPoint or PDF formats, some of which have been aggregated by specialty societies, include patient specific information embedded within the images thought to have been anonymized. Commercial search engines are now able to restore and extract that information allowing them to be indexed.

The American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North American and the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine have worked with several search engine vendors to construct a statement and guidance to help presenters use appropriate methods to ensure complete anonymization of any images used in presentations. We encourage you to follow these best practices in your presentations.

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