If you’ve been in a accident, or had a medical condition requiring it; you may have been given a CD or DVD of your medical images to pass on to your doctor, from the radiologist. In most states in the USA, you can request and must be given your medical images if you wish them.
Medical images and reports are in a format called The Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine format, or (DICOM) for short.
There’s a great Linux program, that is available in the repositories to view these images on your own computer. It’s called Aeskulap
Here, shown in the Package Manager for Linux Mint:
Once installed, the intuitive software package will be found in your Graphics section of your main menu. Just launch the software, and stick your medical image disk into your drive and click Open, navigating to the DICOM directory on the disk. Select a single image, or use the ALT-A keypress to select everything and then press enter.
You can manipulate the images using your mouse wheel, and by clicking and dragging across the image in the X or Y axis. Shown below, a scan of an artery in the left window, and the doctor notes in the right window.
For actual images, whether an x-ray, MRI, CAT scan, or ultrasound, you can use your mouse wheel to scroll through layers, and drag your mouse in the X or Y axis to change the contrast and brightness of the image, to better show detail.
While it’s unlikely most of us know what we’re looking at, it’s still quite interesting to be able read your own medical images!