There are numerous advantages to a digital x-ray over photographic film method of recording an image. From a patient’s viewpoint the benefits are substantial. The latest equipment allows images to be produced in less time and it can be transmitted instantly to a referring doctor. This greatly speeds up the time taken to diagnose injuries and illnesses.
However, the biggest benefit to the patient is the dose of radiation received. Photographic film requires exposure to higher intensity pulses of x-rays in order to create sufficient contrast in the image and uses far lower doses of radiation, while producing images of superior quality with greater diagnostic value. Look at http://www.spinewise.ca/x-ray-services/ for X-Ray services and X-Ray diagnostic imaging in Bowmanville.
Digital images are affected less by under and over exposure and radiographers can check the image instantly while a patient is still present. Should shadows be present on the images, additional x-rays can be taken reducing the inconvenience caused to the patient.
Radiographers can also focus a digital image to a number of image enhancing techniques to improve image clarity, which results in better quality images with greater diagnostic value. There is also a considerable cost advantage, as the images do not require costly photographic film and chemicals to develop the image.