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.

 

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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.

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