Digital radiography is a type of x-ray imaging where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Also, less radiation can be used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography.
Instead of X-ray film, digital radiography uses a digital image capture device. This gives advantages of immediate image preview and availability; elimination of costly film processing steps; a wider dynamic range, which makes it more forgiving for over- and under-exposure; as well as the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance overall display quality of the image.
Digital radiographic images are best viewed on a computer and can be enlarges, and adjusted to achieve the maximum diagnostic capability. The images can be sent electronically, allowing for more efficient communication between doctors as well as for more rapid insurance reimbursement. With the improvement of digital rtadiogaphic imaging over time, we can spot small problems before they become big problems much more easily.
It is important to know that your doctor is keeping up with the constant and rapid advancements in modern technology. Digital x-rays are just one more advantage you will have at your disposal when you visit our office. Instead of using a conventional film, we use a special computer sensor which puts the x-ray picture directly into the computer and which allows us to reduce the amount of harmful radiation by nearly 90%. Since the pictures are in the computer, we can enhance the images to better diagnose conditions–often before they become problems. This proves to be much more convenient for you because the x-rays can then be displayed on the computer right in front of you!
- Less exposure to radiation
- Faster turn-around time
- Shorter appointments
- Involvement in co-diagnosis
- Improved understanding of the treatment options