A change for the better
Digital radiography is one of the most important new advances that our profession has seen in quite some time. The capability to reduce the exposure to radiation to the patient while increasing our diagnostic proficiency has astounding implications. The reduction in the use of harsh chemicals and other waste materials associated with traditional radiography is also an added benefit to our environment.
Digital X-ray images can be enhanced to assist in making a precise diagnosis.
Digital radiography systems reduce radiation exposure to patients by up to 80 percent compared to film-based systems. Although there is no question that contemporary, film-based radiography systems are indeed exceptionally safe, digital radiography conforms to the very important ALARA principle: As Low As Reasonably Achievable. This is a radiation safety principle for minimising radiation exposure to both patient and operator by employing all reasonable means possible.