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Today is about a topic that came up in the family because of an illness: How can I look at the X-rays on the Mac that I get on a patient CD at the hospital? The current case concerned x-rays of the hands that were burned on CD by the technician in the hospital.
With many CDs, in addition to the actual recordings, which in our case are in the "DICOM" folder, there are also programs on the CD that allow viewing the corresponding MRI or X-ray recordings.
I read the data on the Mac with the Apple SuperDrive, which was possible without any problems. I dragged the "DICOM" folder directly onto the Mac. So that the recordings are already saved locally.
Several options are provided on the CD for viewing the medical recordings. One way is through the "index.html" file, which you open in the browser of your choice. In my case you could find the corresponding recordings in the "Series" menu, but the display failed and only showed two black areas.
One solution that worked much better was the DICOM Viewer "OsiriX Lite", which can be found as free software on the OsiriX homepage:
There you have to enter your personal data and an email address to which the download link for the software will be sent, but otherwise the display of the recordings is much more convenient than I thought.
You can zoom in and out and also change the display by changing brightness, contrast and the like. The software is available as a Windows version as well as a Mac app.
An interesting thing that struck me on the Mac: If you have installed OsiriX Lite, thumbnails are created in the Finder for the individual recordings. The IM0 files are not assigned to OsiriX because the files do not have a file extension. If you double-click on the files, the Mac wants to open them with the terminal, which of course is nonsense.
If you want the files to be opened with the OsiriX Lite program in the future, you have to give them the file extension "dcm". This abbreviation stands for "DICOM Medical Image". When I changed this on my Mac, the Mac wanted to open the file with Toast Titatium 11 - which of course was again the wrong idea.
For this reason, I first had to use the information window of the file to specify that dcm files should always be opened with the Osirix Lite DICOM viewer in the future. To do this, click on the "Change all" button in the information window after selecting the program and the link between the dcm file extension and Osirix Lite is permanently established.
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.