What is the difference between film and digital x-rays?
In our practice, we use digital x-rays because the process is quicker than traditional radiography, uses less radiation, and provides higher-quality images.
How do digital x-rays work?
In traditional x-rays, light-sensitive film is exposed to the x-ray. With digital x-rays, on the other hand, a digital-detector system is used in combination with the x-ray. Like a digital camera, a digital x-ray allows us to see and manipulate the images on a computer immediately after taking them.
Why are digital x-rays a good alternative to traditional x-rays?
The picture quality in digital x-rays is very good. For example, we can enlarge images to see even a very small problem with a foot or ankle. In addition, digital x-rays are more efficient than traditional x-rays.
What are some common uses of the procedure?
A bone x-ray is used to:
Diagnose fractured bones or joint dislocation.
Demonstrate proper alignment and stabilization of bony fragments following treatment of a fracture.
Guide surgery, such as spine repair/fusion, joint replacement and fracture reductions.
look for injury, infection, arthritis, abnormal bone growths and bony changes seen in metabolic conditions.
assist in the detection and diagnosis of bone cancer.
locate foreign objects in soft tissues around or in bones.