I went to Cape Cod and all I got was a minor spinal injury and this cool image viewer

Yes, Jason Perlow really does have a brain. Click on the image above to zoom in.

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Yes, Jason Perlow really does have a brain. Click on the image above to zoom in.

This week my wife Rachel and I drove up to Cape Cod, Massachussets, for some long needed rest and relaxation, with some gratuitous lobsters and clambake thrown in along the way.

Everything was going just fine until the day we drove back from our whale watching tour in Provincetown, got stopped in some local traffic on Route 28 in Yarmouth and got rear-ended by a driver at about 30mph who was distracted and impaired by sun glare. Our 20-year old Mercedes sedan, while still completely driveable got a dented bumper and a trunk that is jammed shut, and the 1997 Nissan Altima that hit us was completely totalled. A word of advice to those of you looking to toss your old klunker in favor of a more fuel-efficient car -- your life is worth more than the price of gasoline. If it weren't for the strength of that car and the fact we were both wearing seat belts, ZDNet might have been short one columnist.

Everyone walked away just fine, but we were advised by the police officer on the scene to go to Cape Cod Hospital and get checked out.

Over the course of a 5-hour visit, the radiology department X-rayed me and sent me thru a GE Lightspeed CAT-scan machine, the very same unit that had examined Senator Kennedy when he was rushed into the emergency room at only days before. Today we picked up our medical records, which were provided to us on CD-ROMs along with a built in viewer application, the run time version of Philips iSite Enterprise.

Every single X-Ray and CAT-scan image that was taken of me is completely viewable and zoomable using the software's interface, and runs entirely on the CD-ROM without having to install it on your Windows machine. Maybe it's just the Vicodin I was prescribed for my whiplash making me a little spacey, but this software is one of the coolest things I have ever seen -- it allows the patient to be able to distribute this software to their primary care physician and really see what technology was used in their hospital visit.

My only complaint? No Linux version. :)