CR Machines make examination, diagnosis and treatment safer as well as more informative.
CR (Computed Radiography) is a mature technology, which was developed in the middle years of the twentieth century. In many cases it has replaced the process of taking X-rays on film by producing digital images. The result, better quality scans are possible, in shorter times, and with wider availability for study.
CR is used now in preference to the older style film X-rays. Traditional Radiography (X-Ray), in use since its invention in 1885, stores images on a photographic plate.
CR uses existing X-ray equipment to take pictures but stores the images on a plate with phosphors that are activated and retained when the image is taken. A laser is used to scan the plate, which is converted to digital format.
The results are then fed directly into a computer for interpretation. This simplifies the whole process since no photographic development process is involved, meaning no dark rooms are necessary.
Instead of having to take multiple images with older equipment, by using digital imaging CR reduces the amount of radiation to the body and often allows the physicians to see everything they need on a single exposure.
Because of the digital nature of the images, there is no degradation from continual viewing as there can be with X-ray film. Other advantages include more finely focused results from the process as well as greater placement accuracy.