These exams are produced by a radiology equipment. “Medical imaging” exams create images of various parts of the body to screen for or diagnose medical conditions. This equipment produces images, most of the time slices of your body. CT and MRI imaging are sometimes compared to looking into a loaf of bread by cutting the loaf into thin slices. When the image slices are reassembled by computer software, the result is a very detailed multidimensional view of the body’s interior.
All these equipments produce images in DICOM format. A DICOM file is similar to a JPEG file, but with specifications for medical imaging. That means that a file of a chest x-ray image, for example, actually contains the patient name and patient ID within the file, so that the image can never be separated from this information by mistake. This is similar to the way that image formats such as JPEG can also have embedded tags to identify and otherwise describe the image.
You can ask your doctor or the imaging center to provide you a CD/DVD or a USB stick with the images, in DICOM format. You need a compatible software to read these DICOM files.
OsiriX Lite is the solution, available for Mac computers running OS X. You don’t need special hardware, all recent Mac computers are compatible with OsiriX Lite.
OsiriX Lite enables you to view your medical images at home. The installation is quick and easy. Once installed, OsiriX Lite will automatically import and display your medical images.
With OsiriX Lite, you can save and share your medical images to easily show your images to your healthcare providers and keep them handy for later reference.