Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays are used to look at bones, joints, and sometimes soft tissue.

X-rays are the most commonly ordered imaging test. Digital X-ray equipment deliver lowers radiation levels than traditional X-ray machines. Digital X-rays eliminate the need for film processing, allowing healthcare professionals to immediately see the results with enhanced detail.

Learn more about digital X-rays below.

The Difference Between Traditional and Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays are the same type of X-ray test that has been around for decades. 

With a digital X-ray, your doctor can receive the X-ray image immediately without waiting for film processing. Digital X-ray images have higher resolution, so your doctor can enlarge the image in order to see smaller details.

Traditional X-ray film requires a lot of storage space, while digital X-rays only need an electronic filing system. They are easy to retain and retrieve. 

Uses for Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays are used to diagnose injuries and disease in hard tissues and some organs, including:

  • Bone fractures
  • Dislocated joints
  • Some tumors or abnormal masses
  • Calcification
  • Intestine blockages
  • Perforations in the stomach or intestines
  • Arthiritis
  • Locating foreign objects that have been swallowed

How X-Rays Work

X-rays are a type of electromagnetic radiation. High-energy beams generated by an X-ray machine pass through the body and are absorbed by different parts of the body at different rates.

Dense parts of the body, like bone, allow few x-rays to pass through, so they appear white on the image. Soft tissue, like muscle, allow more of the rays to pass through, so they appear darker on the image.

The image will reveal any abnormal areas in the examined region, like a fracture in the bone or a solid swallowed object in the stomach. 

An X-ray exam is performed very quickly and is completely painless.

Digital X-Ray Advantages

Digital X-rays are useful tools that increase ER productivity and reduce patient wait time, because they allow for:

  • Shorter exposure time for the patient
  • Enhanced image resolution
  • Easy electronic transfer
  • Immediate feedback
  • Reduced inspection time

Digital X-Ray Safety

Digital X-rays are very safe, but there is always a slight risk from radiation exposure. X-rays produce ionizing radiation that can harm living tissue if used excessively. However, each individual X-ray exposes you to very little radiation. Digital X-rays expose a patient to 80% less radiation than traditional X-rays. 

If you are pregnant, inform your doctor before getting an X-ray exam so they can weigh any risks against the gain in information. In general, there is no danger to a fetus as long as the X-ray is not of the pregnant person’s pelvis or abdomen.

The benefits of X-ray exams far outweigh the risks, but you can discuss any concerns with your doctor.

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