A Guide to Going Digital

If you’re like most people, then you’ve had some type of x-ray done on some area of the body. Before technology enhanced to the point that it’s at now, x-rays were taken with large machines and took some time to process the image, similar to a picture that you would take with a camera. Now, technology has given new methods of digital x-ray imaging. The process is faster and easier for both the technician and the patient.

There isn’t a film that is required with a digital x-ray. It’s like taking a picture with your mobile device instead of a camera. A small sensor is typically used instead of a large board that was once needed to get a clear image of the area of the body being filmed. This method of x-ray imaging is often more comfortable than using a board or any other device that is used, such as the small pieces of plastic with film inside that are placed in the mouth when you go to the dentist.

The results are often seen faster than they are with a traditional x-ray. The technician can sometimes see the image of the area of the body within a few minutes after the scan is taken instead of waiting a few hours. The image is then digitally sent to the doctor so that he is able to see the image as well. When there is an emergency situation, it’s important for the doctor to be able to see the images as soon as possible in order to make a decision as to the proper treatment that needs to be administered.

There is still radiation involved with digital x-rays, but there isn’t a large amount like there is with a traditional x-ray. Sometimes, the amount of radiation used is cut by half. This means that it’s a safer process for the patient and the technician. There aren’t any developing chemicals that sit in the office because there isn’t any film that needs to be developed. This also means that there isn’t as much waste from the materials that are used when completing the x-ray.

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