Childhood play promotes emotional and social development. Sometimes, however, the risk-taking required for growth and learning results in a broken bone. Consider changing up your routine of getting the x-ray and the cast. New digital x-ray imaging technology makes the process simpler, safer, and faster.
What are X-Rays
X-rays allow doctors to see what is going on inside of your body, without having to cut you open with a scalpel.
X-rays are sent with a machine through the body. Different parts of the body absorb different amounts of the radiation. A film or photo-sensitive screen placed behind you measures the strength of the rays that pass through the body. The denser parts of the body, such as bone, absorb more radiation and appear white.
Sometimes contrast dyes are placed in your body prior to the scan to make it easier to view body parts.
Advantages of Going Digital
Digital x-rays require less processing time. Copies can be sent to multiple providers through the internet with a mouse click. Patients no longer need to lug physical x-ray films from the imaging facility to the doctor’s office.
Because the x-rays are stored in computer files, which should be backed up offsite, there are fewer risks of losing important medical records to fire and theft. Physical x-ray films also degrade over time.
Technicians are able to check x-rays immediately to make sure that images are correct. Fewer re-takes are required. The digitized images can be enhanced and edited by radiologists for easier interpretations.
X-ray technicians are exposed to fewer chemicals when using digital technology. Radiation doses for patients can also be better controlled.
Digital x-rays offer many advantages over traditional films. If you need to get an x-ray for a broken bone, or any other reason, consider finding an imaging center with modern digital services.