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Ben­e­fits of Dig­i­tal Xray

digital xrayThe world’s first intro­duc­tion to radi­ol­ogy, which involves the process known as X-​rays, came in 1895 from Ger­man physi­cist Wil­helm Röntgen’s first X-​ray pho­to­graph of his wife’s hand don­ning a ring. Since this break­through achieve­ment, med­ical radi­og­ra­phy has only con­tin­ued to exceed tech­no­log­i­cal boundaries.

Like many film medi­ums, includ­ing pho­tog­ra­phy and movie mak­ing, radi­og­ra­phy has grad­u­ally been mak­ing the switch to dig­i­tal from con­ven­tional film. Many chi­ro­prac­tic offices still use film radi­og­ra­phy. The most com­mon rea­son why chi­ro­prac­tic cen­tres have not con­verted to dig­i­tal radi­og­ra­phy is due to the cost and labour put into installing new machines and train­ing staff on their usage. How­ever, if you com­pare con­ven­tional and dig­i­tal xray, there are quite a few ben­e­fits to dig­i­tal radiography.

Ben­e­fits:

  • Less radi­a­tion is needed to pro­duce the same qual­ity image as film (dig­i­tal xrays give up to 70% less expo­sure to radi­a­tion than con­ven­tional xrays).
  • The dig­i­tal image can be enhanced for best vis­i­bil­ity for chi­ro­prac­tors and patients, by alter­ing bright­ness and contrast.
  • The film is imme­di­ately processed and avail­able to view, whereas film takes time to be developed.
  • Dig­i­tal xrays pro­duce larger pho­tos of the spine to bet­ter source dif­fi­cult to see degeneration/​arthritis, or less com­mon frac­tures and dis­ease processes.
  • Dig­i­tal xrays can be archived and stored on a com­puter, with quick easy access.
  • Dig­i­tal xrays can also eas­ily be trans­ferred to fel­low chi­ro­prac­tors or other health pro­fes­sion­als in the case of referrals.

Ran­dom Article

The above head­line comes from a fea­ture arti­cle in the Jan­u­ary 6, 2005 issue of Investors Busi­ness Daily. The arti­cle starts off by

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