If you’re unlucky enough to break a bone, a doctor may order an x-ray. You’ll want to ask for a center that does digital x-ray imaging.
X-rays are electromagnetic waves that pass through body tissues to varying degrees. During an x-ray exam, a technician sends waves through your body with a machine. A recording screen placed behind you detects the energy that passes through your body. Bones appear white in an x-ray because bones absorb all the radiation. Softer tissues allow more of the wave energy to pass through. These tissues appear as shades of gray.
Why Digital X-Rays?
Doctors have utilized x-rays since 1896 to visualize conditions inside of the body. The computer revolution in the late 20th century transformed old technology into more efficient forms. Digital x-rays store images on the computer instead of on bulky films. Doctors and patients enjoy several advantages with digital x-ray imaging:
- The image is immediately available on the computer, which allows the technician to re-take the x-ray if needed.
- Copies of the image may be sent to multiple providers at once.
- Providers have rapid access to images, speeding up diagnosis and treatment.
- Patients, doctors, and facilities do not need to store bulky films.
- X-rays do not get lost in the transmission from one facility to the next.
- There is less need for toxic chemicals that had been used to develop film, helping the environment.
- Digital x-rays may result in lower radiation doses than conventional x-rays.
Why Your Doctor Orders X-Rays
A doctor can check for pneumonia, heart disease, arthritis, broken bones, and cancer. Some surgeons may order imaging prior to an operation in order to plan the procedure.
The next time that you are due for an x-ray exam, look for a modern imaging center with digital technology. You deserve the increased convenience and speed.