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Dear Editor,

In a recent publication (Stadler C and O'Brien R. Computed Tomography of nonanesthetized cats with upper airway obstruction. Vet Radiol Ultrasound 2013; 53: 231–236), there were two images (Fig. 5 B and D) that were published containing the medical record number and name of the patient.

As a medical journal, despite not being constrained by the laws of HIPPA, I am concerned with this practice. I have noticed this in other journals as well. As the official journal of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and the major international journal for diagnostic imaging in veterinary medicine, I believe it is important to maintain the highest standards of reporting and publishing information.

It is with this in mind that I would suggest amending the author guidelines to state that patient and client information should not be present on images submitted for publication.

Thank you for your time and consideration with this matter.

Kind Regards