All of our offices use digital radiography (“x-ray”) equipment. The benefits are many.
A digital radiograph takes seconds, not minutes. We get the information we need instantly, especially important if we have to take one in the middle of a procedure for safety.
The radiation dose from the old-style film radiographs was incredibly small. With digital radiographs, the dose to the patient is a fraction, typically about one-sixth, of the already safe film radiograph dose.
We can enhance the images digitally on the computer, to see things that we were never able to see before.
Another nice feature is that we can print off numerous copies of yoru radiograph for referrals, insurance companies, etc., or in many cases, simply e-mail them as attachments.
One other advantage not often mentioned is that digital radiography is much friendlier to the environment. The chemicals used to develop film aren’t pleasant, and each film actually contained a lead backing. We were happy to get these products out of our clinics, making them a healthier workplace and a much friendlier one to the environment.