The use of x-ray imaging as a diagnostic apparatus in medicine dates back to 1895, x-rays could be used to create images of internal bone structures.Today there are understood to be over 5 billion diagnostic medical treatments performed every year, of which two thirds concern the use x-rays demonstrating the huge medical connotation of the discovery and its continued effects in medicine to this day.
Benefits of Digital X-Ray Imaging
There are various advantages to a digital x-ray over photographic film approach of recording an picture. From a patient’s aspect the benefits are considerable. The latest equipment allows pictures to be composed in less time and it can be convey instantly to a referring doctor. This greatly speeds up the time taken to diagnose damage and ill health.
However, the colossal benefit to the patient is the dose of radiation accepted. Photographic film requires hazard to greater intensity pulses of x-rays in order to build sufficient comparison in the image and uses far minor doses of radiation, while generating images of superior quality with higher diagnostic value. Digital images are concerned less by under and over hazard and radiographers can check the image immediately while a patient is still present. Should shadows be present on the pictures, further x-rays can be taken reducing the difficulty caused to the patient.