X-Rays on a CD in
Dicom or .dcm Format
If you have your x-rays
in a digital format on a CD, then you
can convert the DICOM or .DCM images
to .jpg images as follows:
Search the CD for any files having .DCM as the extension, you could write a search for *.DCM. If that returns files, then those are the ones that you need.
You can then download and install the little viewer "Irfanview"
Also download the plugin for "DCM" that is available. Now you will have a
perfect viewer and conversion program at your disposal.
Once you have opened the .DCM files from your CD with Irfanview, you can then save all the
.DCM files in the popular .JPG format. The created .JPG files (named anything that you prefer) would ideally need to be brought down to a size of around 300Kb
or make the width or height less than 600 pixels. You can use Irfanview to
resize the files or a photo editing program.
If you can't find any DCM files on the CD, then hopefully some program is present on that CD
that actually has a viewer and conversion ability.
There are different varieties of software. If yours show a dotted or dashed
line around the image, with a small dotted or dashed square in the bottom right corner,
then it is an earlier DICOM software versions that you have to click on that square before you could export or save.
Additional Free DICOM Converters
ABC Amber DICOM Converter
You Convert It - Free media converter
X-Rays in standard
You can take a digital
camera with you to the doctors and just take
photos of the x-rays while they are on the
fluorescent viewing box.
You can also take digital
photos of the x-ray film by holding the
x-rays up to a window. Put a sheet of
white paper behind the x-ray if it is too
bright. Choose a window where there is no
The photos should be
sized with either the height or width no
greater than about 600 pixels. Use your
favorite photo editor to resize the photos.
Save your photos in a
.jpg format and attach to an email to send
to a doctor.