You may not think digital x-ray capabilities are important in an emergency medical facility, but they are actually extremely vital. Advanced digital imaging equipment can provide a doctor with a clear picture of the inside of the body very quickly so that he or she can make treatment decisions in the quickest, most efficient manner possible. These are just some of the ways Complete Care patients benefit from this sophisticated technology.
What is a Digital X-Ray?
A digital x-ray system combines software and hardware to provide a detailed picture of the inside of a patient’s body, and uses significantly less radiation than traditional x-rays. The system’s sensors immediately process pictures and transmit them to a monitor in minutes so a doctor will have a clear idea of what is happening. These images can easily be stored for future access if needed, and can be transmitted to other medical professionals. This could reduce the need for you to undergo an additional examination from another doctor at a later date.
The Top 5 Advantages of Digital X-Rays
Here are some of the benefits of using digital x-rays.
1. Higher Quality of Care
All forms of radiography expose you to some levels of radiation. However, digital x-rays typically reduce exposure by 75 percent or more compared to traditional x-rays. Although traditional x-rays currently in use are not as dangerous as some patients seem to fear, these newer iterations are even safer.
2. Time and Productivity Savings
Conventional x-rays take about 15 minutes to develop, while digital technology reduces this time to mere seconds. Digital images are instantly stored and ready to view on a computer, which can limit the time you spend at the doctor’s office.
If your office needs to send the x-ray to another specialist or insurance company, it can be sent in just minutes, without the need for shipping or making a copy.
3. Less Expensive and More Environmentally-Friendly
Film is costly to purchase and develop, which is one reason many medical institutions favor digital x-rays. The technology is readily available and costs less for facilities to operate, and ultimately those savings are passed on to you.
Digital technology is also considered more “green” than traditional radiography. A digital x-ray doesn’t require chemicals to develop or disposable paper film, reducing its environmental impact.
4. No Lost Images
Digital radiography safely stores your x-rays so you don’t have to worry about losing important images. Most medical centers will back-up your data to a cloud server, providing even more protection.
5. Improved Communication
Digital x-rays also promote a higher quality of care by improving the communication between you and your doctor and the speed with which accurate diagnoses can be provided. Because digital radiography provides a more comprehensive picture than film x-rays, you will have a better understanding of your body and your physician will be able to detect and treat problems earlier and more efficiently.
If something significant is revealed, your doctor will quickly have the results and can provide you with a clear explanation of both the problem and the solution. You will also learn more about how your body works, and have a much better understanding of the issue you face. If you have a back problem, for instance, a digital x-ray will clearly reveal the cause. It could be an alignment problem with your vertebrae, bone spurs, a herniated disc or something else.
Comprehensive Medical Services at Complete Care
Even if you are feeling great, a digital x-ray can help keep you that way by identifying any minor problem so it can be addressed before it becomes a major issue. If you would like to learn more about this technology or any of the other services we offer, contact your nearest Complete Care location online.