Frequently Asked Questions
We have compiled this
list of answers to the most frequently asked questions we get regarding
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secure is Second Opinion data? Can other applications read our images or
Second Opinion Professional and Second Opinion Standard can create and
save images using our own Second Opinion Image (SOI) format. This is the default
format when saving images captured using Second Opinion and is not
recognized by any other graphics application. Imported images are not converted
to the SOI format (unless you stamp them with the
Identification Strip in Standard) to avoid altering the quality of the
Each image file is
accompanied by a thumbnail file that can be viewed by some graphics
Our data is saved in
the industry-standard Microsoft Visual FoxPro 5 XBASE format and can be
accessed by any database management system, including Microsoft Access
(using ODBC drivers) and reporting programs, such as Crystal Reports. Only
security fields related to user login, password and rights are encrypted.
This allows you to create custom reports or use the data with other
kind of encryption does Second Opinion use to secure data?
Opinion uses a 92-bit encryption algorithm to render some database
entries, SOG files (used by Second Opinion
Standard), SOD files (used by
Second Opinion Professional) and data sent across communications links
unreadable to non-Second Opinion users. The SOD files used to transfer information through communications to
other computers now support the optional use of 128-bit encryption and
password protection. This 128-bit encryption requires the Windows or
Microsoft Internet Explorer High Encryption Pack installed. You can
specify a password to use when creating the SOD file, or have Second
Opinion ask you for one. You can also specify a password to try first when
decrypting incoming SOD files. You can set the new security options from
the Security page of the Preferences dialog box. Note that versions prior
to 5.0 cannot read SOD files that use 128-bit encryption or a password.
Also, if you use a password to encrypt your data and forget the password,
you will never be able to retrieve the information in that file.
I exchange images and data with non-Second Opinion users?
can exchange images with non-Second Opinion users by exporting them
in a file format that the other user's application can recognize.
Second Opinion will also recognize most popular and medical imaging
formats. There are presently no functions to import or export data
from the database to non-Second Opinion formats.
do I get images into Second Opinion?
are several ways to do this:
- If you already
have your pictures stored as a computer file, you can simply
import them into a Second Opinion folder.
- If you use a
video camera, VCR, or other video device, you can use our Video
Capture component together with a video capture card (also
available from us) to capture still images.
- If you use a
digital still camera you can connect
directly to the camera and download the pictures (your camera
must support TWAIN software drivers).
- If you use
35-mm prints or slides you can use a desktop or slide scanner to scan the images directly into the
I set up Second Opinion so that more than one computer at my
facility can access the information?
your computers are connected to a network, you can set up Second
Opinion to store the data in a place accessible to all of the
computers. You can then map a drive letter to that location so that
each Second Opinion station can use it. Second Opinion can be
licensed so that a specific number of users can access the
data at the same time (the program ships with an initial single-user
other Second Opinion users send me information even if I am not at
Opinion Standard offers an Unattended Mode feature that
automatically accepts and saves incoming information. A log informs
you of what you have received.
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