Purpose: Data security becomes an important issue in telemedicine when medical information is transmitted over wide area network. Generally, security is characterized in terms of privacy, authenticity and integrity of digital data. We present a method here which can meet the requirements of privacy, authenticity, and integrity for archiving and transmitting of sectional image such as CT, MR. Methods: The method is described as follows: firstly, image segmentation was done and some patient information was read from image DICOM header. Second, a digital signature for the segmented image was produced using the image sender's private key. Afterwards, the digital signature and patient information were concatenated and embedded into the background area of the image. Finally, the whole image was encrypted to form a digital envelope using the receiver's public key. Results: (1) The image can only be decrypted and read by authorized user who own the private key of the receiving site. (2) The authenticity and integrity can be tested by signature verification. Conclusions: The preliminary results demonstrate that the method we presented here is an effective method for secure archiving and transmitting for sectional medical images.