Film x-rays were invented in 1895. That’s over 125 years ago. Technology has come a very long way since those first x-rays 125 years ago, and film x-rays are now quite antiquated.
Digital radiography is a form of X-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Also, less radiation can be used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography.
Instead of X-ray film, digital radiography uses a digital image capture device. This gives advantages of immediate image preview and availability; elimination of costly film processing steps; a wider dynamic range, which makes it more forgiving for over- and under-exposure; as well as the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance overall display quality of the image.
Some more Advantages of Digital x-rays:
- Use 70% less radiation than traditional film x-rays
- Take less time to take and are easier to take than traditional film x-rays
- Have better quality viewing capabilities than traditional film x-rays
- Take the waiting out of the development process allowing us to diagnose immediately
- Prevent issues from going undetected and/or missed
- Decrease your time in the X-ray room
- Are easily stored on a computer
- Are less expensive and more environmentally-friendly