Digital X-rays are a sophisticated type of X-ray images in which digital sensors substitute for traditional photographic film. All X-rays make use of electromagnetic waves in order to produce images of internal parts of the body. For most purposes, digital X-rays are an improvement over conventional X-rays because they are more efficient and provide more easily transferable computer images of bones and other internal organs. Since with digital X-rays there is no necessity for chemical film processing, the procedure is streamlined and there is less danger of over- or under-exposure.
The Purpose Of A Digital X-Ray
Digital X-rays are used for a variety of diagnoses, including discovering the cause of unexplained pain or other symptoms of injury or disease.
Digital X-rays can be used in conjunction with orthopedic surgery to ensure that a fracture or other injury has been properly set. If further testing is required, X-rays may be followed up with other diagnostic imaging techniques, such as MRI, PET, CT scans or ultrasound.
Benefits Of A Digital X-Ray
The administration of digital X-rays is similar to that of conventional X-Rays except that the digital process uses a special imaging detector instead of a camera with film. This is the same technique used for digital cameras. Digital X-rays permit faster results and more efficient delivery to other doctors because the images can be viewed on one computer screen and easily transported to another.
Doctors can magnify the image to see details and carefully examine any abnormalities. This ensures the most accurate diagnosis of a wide range of conditions. Images can also be rotated, printed, and emailed for more effective comparison and consultation. In addition, digital X-rays expose patients to less radiation than conventional X-rays.
The Digital X-Ray Procedure
X-rays are typically performed at any medical or dental practice, hospital, or emergency room. Depending on the purpose of the X-ray, it can last anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour. During the X-ray procedure, the patient will be properly positioned under the digital X-ray machine to ensure accurate imaging of the affected area. This process may be repeated for additional views of region and the patient may be instructed to change positions. There is no preparation necessary for a digital X-ray and the patient may resume normal activities immediately afterwards.