X-Rays: The Digital Difference

shutterstock_149060042If you’ve had an X-ray recently, that X-ray may have been taken by a digital X-ray machine. While that might not seem like a big deal, it actually is. While digital X-rays provide images of a much higher resolution than traditional X-rays, that’s just the beginning. Read on to discover more about the difference between digital and traditional X-rays.

Digital X-Rays Reduce Exposure to Radiation

This is because they use a lower amount of radiation and are faster than traditional X-rays. Additionally, because traditional X-rays can often result in images that are less clear than their digital counterparts, a second set of X-rays must be taken. Digital X-rays eliminate the need for retakes and in this way, also lower the amount of exposure to radiation.

Digital X-Rays Are Available Immediately

Film X-rays have to be developed but digital X-rays can be sent to a doctor immediately. Digital X-rays also have the advantage of being able to be easily edited or enhanced if necessary before being sent to your doctor. The higher quality image plus the speed of delivery contribute to a faster, more accurate diagnosis and ultimately, more effective treatment.

Digital X-Rays Are More Environmentally Friendly

The developing process for film X-rays uses hazardous chemicals that result in environmentally dangerous waste. Because digital X-rays don’t need to be developed, they are considerably more “green.”

Patients Enjoy Shorter a Shorter Imaging Appointment

An imaging session for digital X-rays only takes about 10 to 30 minutes, much less time than with a film X-ray.

Like film X-rays, digital X-rays are used for viewing injured or infected joints, identifying fractured bones, investigating abdominal pain and locating foreign objects in soft tissue. However, with digital X-rays you can rest assured that the image your doctor is seeing is far superior.