While digital radiography systems have become fairly common in the healthcare provision industry, there still seems to be a certain amount of confusion as to how they function, the benefits they provide, and how they’re different from the traditional analog and computed radiography (CR) systems.
Over the course of this blog post, we’ll discuss some important facts about digital radiography systems that every physician and radiologist needs to know.
Digital Radiography Systems Improve Efficiency
Digital radiography systems offer a significantly higher speed and efficiency compared to analog or computed radiography equipment. These enhanced capabilities streamline operations, allowing medical facilities to increase their patient throughput. They’re able to treat more patients in a lesser amount of time. The advanced technology and system-wide integration of digital radiography systems also optimizes the workflow, which increases the efficiency and reduces the hassle at every phase of the process.
Digital Radiography Systems are Safer
With digital radiography equipment, the x-ray dose is significantly lower compared to traditional x-rays. In fact, medical studies have revealed that digital x-ray systems emit up to 80% less radiation than traditional x-ray systems, depending upon the specifications of the system. It’s impossible to overstate the long-term health benefits this provides.
Digital Radiography Systems can be retrofitted
When upgrading to a digital x-ray system, the primary concern for most medical and radiology facilities is that all of their existing systems and equipment will be rendered useless and will have to be replaced. What they don’t know is that it’s possible to retrofit a digital radiography system with older equipment as well, which allows for a smooth and streamlined transition process.
Digital Radiography Systems are Easier and More Cost-Effective to Maintain
The long-term maintenance of digital radiography system is much easier and cost efficient compared to traditional systems. DR equipment such as x-rays have fewer moving components, which makes them less prone to mishaps and malfunctions. This not only make them easier and more cost-effective to maintain over the long haul, but it also reduces the risk of potential down time.
Moreover, the images are captured, stored and shared digitally, which eliminates the time and costs involved in developing, storing and maintaining hard copy images.
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