Radiography uses computer technology and digital sensors for the storage, viewing, and sharing of digital radiographic images. These offer many advantages over traditional film. The most significant advantage of digital radiography is the reduced exposure to radiation for the patient. Other benefits are that images can be viewed almost instantly after they are taken.
Images can also be viewed by multiple practitioners during digital radiography. This allows sharing between offices if an outside specialist is required. Digital x-rays offer a safer environment and do not require any chemicals or paper to develop.
An electronic pad, known as a sensor is used instead of film to acquire a digital image. After the image is taken, it goes directly into the patient’s file on the computer. These files are stored on the computer, and can be easily printed, viewed on a screen, or shared.