An x-ray is an x-ray, right? Well, it’s not quite that simple.
If you’ve never had x-rays taken, chances are you’ve at least seen them on TV. The doctor takes a large piece of film out and sticks it up on a bright background to see the image. The thing is, the machines that produce those film images are outdated and don’t work nearly as well as the new technology.
When it comes to x-rays, not all machines are created equal. In fact, the top of the line x-ray units are now digital, and they’re far better than the old conventional ones for several reasons.
- Less Radiation
Every time you get an x-ray you’re exposed to a small amount of radiation (“X” radiation, to be exact). The amount of radiation exposure from digital units is quite a bit less than their conventional counterparts
- Clearer Image
The resolution on digital x-ray machines is quite amazing! It’s produces a much clearer picture. Additionally, the software allows the reader to zoom in and out and change the contrast and tint, just like on a television set. This makes is much less likely that the person reading the x-rays will miss something important, like a fracture.
- Immediately Available and Easy to Transport
With the old equipment, after the x-ray was taken it would need to be developed, just like your mom’s old camera from 1984. Now with the advent of digital x-ray, the images appear on a computer screen within a matter of seconds. What’s even better is that these images can be sent electronically to be read by highly trained professionals and returned within a matter of minutes. All this makes it easier and more time efficient for the doctor and patient.
Here at Atlanta Spine Group, we’re committed to helping our patients achieve the best results possible, and that starts with a full and accurate diagnosis of your injuries. That’s why we have a digital x-ray unit right here in our office. All of our x-rays are sent out to specialists for review so we know exactly what you need to heal.