It’s 2019, and the days of blurry X-ray images, chemical dark rooms and the long, tiresome development process are long gone. Patients today expect healthcare and diagnostic facilities to have state-of-the-art equipment, which can deliver accurate imaging results in the blink of an eye. This is why most healthcare facilities today have either already migrated to digital radiography, or are in the process of doing so.
A landmark development in the history of diagnostic imaging, digital radiography systems are comprised of a digital capturing device and electronic sensors, rather than the photographic film you would find in traditional film-based systems. Instead of being captured on film before being developed through various chemical processes, images on a DR system are captured on a receptor before being transferred to software on a work station.
Here are some of the notable advantages of DR systems over film-based radiography systems:
Superior Image Quality
With conventional film-based radiography, it’s not always easy to obtain clear and accurate images, whether it’s due to exposure issues or patient movement/positioning errors. Also, it’s also impossible to zoom in or modify the appearance of film-based images. DR systems have advanced image processing algorithms which allows for a realistic representation of the bone structures and the overlapping tissues.
With conventional radiography systems you have to constantly invest in chemicals, film and developmental processes. When you upgrade to digital radiography, you don’t have to deal with any of these outdated costs. Furthermore, the valuable real estate being used by chemical dark rooms and image storage can be converted for other uses.
Ease of Use
Compared to film-based systems, DR systems are much easier to use. This reduces exposure and technician errors, which subsequently reduces the number of poor quality images. Another great advantage DR systems have is speed. In addition to being significantly faster than analog systems at capturing and processing images, DR systems can be integrated with software that allow for the image to be adjusted in a variety of ways. The aspects you can adjust include contrast, brightness and zoom level. Both soft tissue and bone can also be optimized in a single exposure. Provided that the patient is positioned correctly, you can adjust almost everything else on the screen of the viewing station.
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