Digital X-Rays are becoming increasingly popular among chiropractors, and for a good reason. You might be wondering if there really is a difference between traditional x-rays and Digital X-Rays. In fact, Digital X-Rays offer a number of advantages for both the patient and the chiropractor.
Traditional x-rays use actual film, whereas Digital X-Rays use digital sensors, very much like digital cameras. With Digital X-Rays, there is no longer the need to have film developed. By using Digital X-Rays, your chiropractor can see the results instantaneously, and the images can be easily stored. Also, Digital X-Rays expose the patient to significantly less radiation.
Digital X-Rays offer outstanding image quality, and the images are very easy to enlarge or enhance.Digital X-Rays are convenient, time-saving, and do not require the use of chemicals or dark rooms.
What Technique is Used with Digital X-Rays?
Every visit to the chiropractor will be customized to the patient’s needs. After a routine exam, and an examination of the spine, your chiropractor will determine if Digital X-Rays are necessary.
The Digital X-Ray procedure is fairly simple. A digital image capturing device is used to take the images. The x-rays are focused on the specific portion of the body being evaluated. On the opposite side, a digital detector system captures the x-rays, and converts the signals into images. The results are ready for your chiropractor to review immediately.
There are several different digital image capture systems. Depending upon the one your chiropractic office uses, your chiropractor can take multiple x-rays, enlarge the images, make notations on the images, and enhance or rotate the images to clearly examine the results.
It is easy to store Digital X-Ray images. If your chiropractor is working with other doctors, the Digital X-Ray results can be shared. Patients are usually given the images in a portable storage format for reference.
What Conditions are Digital X-Rays Used For?
Chiropractors frequently use Digital X-Rays to check for a fracture or dislocated joint, when a tumor is suspected, to check for signs of infection, and to view the condition of the spine. Digital X-Rays are very useful in patients at risk for osteoporosis, arthritis, or when the chiropractor suspects spinal instability. Your chiropractor may also use Digital X-Rays to determine exactly where to adjust the spine.
Digital X-Rays are not necessary in all cases. Back or neck pain from lifting heavy objects, or other mechanical-type strains do not always require Digital X-Rays. X-rays are not useful for complaints related to muscles, tissues, and ligaments.
Digital X-Rays are one of the most exciting advances in x-ray imagery. Instead of needing to wait for x-ray results, your chiropractor can have all the information immediately available to make a diagnosis, saving time and increasing patient satisfaction.
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