MRI on Disk
Recently my wife and I were in a doctor’s office waiting for the doctor to come and share with us the results of an MRI. He came in, placed a cd in the PC and we watched as he scrolled through the images from the MRI. Despite the obvious stress of the situation, I was captivated by the images on screen. The controls let you scroll through layer after layer as we traveled up and down my wife’s spine. The doctor pointed out the landmarks and explained the landscape inside the human body. It was a fascinating visual journey. As we were leaving the office, I asked the doctor if his cd would work on an ordinary PC. To my surprise, he said that all I had to do was ask for another cd, and I could view the MRI on my PC at home. Since the results of an MRI are routinely reviewed by many doctors, asking for a copy of your own MRI isn’t an unusual request.
When I got our copy of the CD, it worked just fine on my PC. The disk automatically opened a program called eFilmLite. The interface was the same that we saw in the doctor’s office, and by trial and error, I was able to scroll through the same images that the doctor showed us. The designer in me wanted to tweak the interface a little, but overall the navigation was actually pretty well designed. After spending over $1000 on an MRI, it is nice to see that at least something is free and maybe even a little fun.