New Digital Radiology
What is a Digital Radiography?
Digital radiography (DR) is a phenomenal technical advancement, particularly over the past two decades for medical imaging. Radiology imaging is a type of x-ray image that is extremely efficient. It transfers the image, while enhancing it, and then stores it on a computer hard drive. It utilized two types of systems, direct and indirect, with the indirect being inserted into a scanner before being sent to the computer.
There are numerous improvements in using digital radiography, such as; a patient receives less radiation than with a traditional x-ray. In the actual process, digital x-ray sensors are used rather than the traditional photographic film.
Furthermore, the image may be viewed immediately, and no dark room or toxic chemicals are involved. Since the image is stored on a computer, with encrypted technology, no large storage rooms for x-rays are necessary. The images may also be stored on a DVD. The cost has dropped dramatically since it was first introduced in the early 1990’s, from millions to a few thousand dollars.
Digital Chest X-ray
Benefits of Digital Radiography
Direct digital radiography is the meaning of DR. It is the fastest imaging available at this time, which will shorten the time to diagnosis, plus improve office productivity. It may be used from a home office and allows a veterinarian to take pictures in the field.
Digital radiography uses a collection plate, rather than a film or cassette to record the image data. This reduces operating costs as well. The images are uploaded directly to workstations and stored in a DICOM format. This is a specific digital format designed for medical imaging applications.
Why Chiropractors Use Digital Radiography
Chiropractors have discovered the many benefits of digital radiography, due to the time saved by receiving an image within seconds, which allows them to provide the best professional care. They want to stay competitive using digital radiography, plus the storage of images is so simple. A good digital x-ray system is the chiropractor’s most important piece of equipment for making a quick and accurate diagnosis.
Many other medical modalities use digital radiography as well. It is a big improvement and some of the medical physicians include dentists, podiatrists, orthopedic physicians, and x-ray departments in hospitals and clinics.
Medical Images Viewed on a PAC System
How Images are Archived
Medical professionals in a smaller office find the use of picture archiving and communication systems (PAC’s) very useful. There are several types of PAC’s available, which all have a large storage capacity. Some have the capability to allow a referring physician to access medical images and medical reports. The images may also be sent directly to the care provider.
The larger PAC’s have the capacity to store 10 terabytes of information, which is considered the minimum amount of memory for large imaging centers. The images may also be stored on DVD’s.
Oregon Zoo Veterinarians-New Digital X-ray
Digital radiography’s advancement over the past twenty years is extremely important for an accurate and quick diagnosis. For an individual that is ill and requires numerous tests, lowering the risks of being exposed to radiation is in itself a great achievement.
The ability of the doctors to view clear images, that they have the ability to adjust is another amazing advancement. This is truly a step forward in the medical field.
© 2012 Pamela Oglesby