Digital radiography utilizes computer technology and digital sensors for the acquisition, viewing, storage, and sharing of radiographic images. As one of the most advanced systems of care, it offers chiropractors and other healthcare professionals several advantages over the traditional film-based methods of taking x-rays. The most significant of these advantages is that digital radiography reduces a patient’s exposure to radiation. Other benefits of digital technology are that images can be viewed instantly after being taken, are available to multiple practitioners at once, and can be easily shared with other offices. Digital x-rays are also safer for the environment as they do not require any chemicals or paper to develop.
By using an electronic pad, which is known as a sensor, to acquire a digital image it can go directly into the patient’s file on the computer. Once an image is stored, it can then be easily viewed on a screen or shared with other professionals, insurance providers, or directly with the patient. And, with diagnostic images that are available within seconds, the chiropractor can analyze problematic areas more efficiently.
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