There have been numerous advances in technology from that of first digital x-ray images were first produced. Digital imaging tools and the accompanying computer software and hardware to store and view images were developed in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and today, these modern x-ray services are being offered in hospitals and major medical clinics the world over.
Benefits of Digital X-Ray Imaging
There are numerous advantages to a digital x-ray over photographic film method of recording an image. From a patient’s perspective 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 greater quality with greater diagnostic value.
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