New liability concerns emerge for radiologists who have used patient images in presentations

Radiology Business

Marty Stempniak

Recent updates to search engines such as Google and Bing may expose patient imaging data previously thought to be anonymous.

That’s according to an update shared by the American College of Radiology, RSNA and the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine on Thursday. Radiologists and other providers often use patient images in educational presentations or online PDFs and, until recently, search engine spiders could not pinpoint any unique patient identifiers. However, advances in web-crawling and content processing are increasingly allowing for large-scale info extraction from previously stored files thought to be safe.

Physicians and other health professionals must pay special attention to this concern or open themselves up to potential privacy breaches and liability risk, the three groups advised.

“Healthcare providers frequently create presentations containing...

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