Digital Radiography

digital radiography

Digital Radiography has revolutionized the way radiographs (x-rays) are taken, edited and interpreted. Compared to traditional radiographs, no film or developing is required and results are available within seconds. Although positioning is critical, adjustments can easily be made to identify subtle details of soft tissue and bone in the same image. Digital radiography allows the veterinarian to review radiographs with such detail that even the most subtle of lesions are visible. Images may also be transmitted electronically anywhere in the world, shared with your veterinarian or specialist, or even taken home for review on a compact disc with no additional software requirements.

Digital radiographs are taken with the same conventional x-ray machines with which you may already be familiar. The difference is in the plate and processing. Traditional radiographs captured the x-ray on a film that was developed similar to camera film. Digital radiography captures the image on a digital or phosphorus plate. Digital plates transfer the image to a computer and phosphorus plates are passed through a reader and then transferred to a computer, depending on the type of system used. Once in the computer, the images are saved as originally taken and can be adjusted for contrast and size. Images can be cropped, focused, edited, labeled and adjusted for detailed evaluation of soft tissue and bone.

Advantages of digital radiography compared to traditional radiography are numerous. The improvements in detail and quality are by far the most impressive. Immediate electronic transferability, storage, and editing are revolutionary, making digital radiography unmistakably the preferred method of radiography in the 21st century.