Digital radiography is the 21st century’s answer to X-ray technology. Instead of using traditional film-based X-rays, digital X-ray images are taken using digital X-ray sensors. There are several advantages to this technology. Digital X-rays are faster to take and faster to develop and don’t require traditional radiographic chemical processing. Digital X-rays can be enhanced or “blow-up” to allow the dentist to focus in on certain areas. Digital sensors require less radiation to take the image compared to conventional X-ray techniques. It is making photographic X-rays obsolete much as digital cameras are making conventional cameras obsolete.
Digital radiography represents one of the greatest advancements in medical imaging that has happened in the last ten to fifteen years.
There are two main types of digital image capture devices; they are high-density line-scan solid state detectors, and flat panel detectors (FPDs).
Flat panel detectors can be broken down into two main categories: Indirect FPDs, where the final digital signal file is delivered to and displayed on a computer screen; and, Direct FPDs where the X-ray images are recorded and saved on the X-ray device.
Uses of Digital Radiography in Dentistry
Your dentist may place a film or a sensor in your mouth to focus on a specific part of the mouth. The dentist can then store the images on their computer.
Digital radiography has two main advantages over conventional film X-ray. For one, it provides for full screen images that can be enhanced and zoomed in on for details. This ability greatly helps a dentist in making diagnostics, and makes it much easier to communicate with patients as to their diagnosis.
Secondly, these images can also easily be emailed to other involved dental or medical practitioners or insurance providers as part of an insurance claim submission.
Benefits of Digital Radiography
There are enormous benefits to digital radiography.
Dental practices can now run completely filmless. If they’ve already gone to electronic files versus paper files, no external storage is needed. The information is always in one place and there is no need to worry about the film being damaged or lost. If the X-rays have to referred to a specialist such as an orthodontist, it can be done in a matter of seconds via email.
The X-ray can be viewed on most any laptop or desktop computer minutes after being taken, and reports can be given to the patient in only a few minutes. The images can be seen simultaneously by several dentists who are miles apart. The patient can also be given a copy of the X-ray on a flash drive, or a CD to take to another hospital or dentist who does not have complete digital capability yet. This means that the patient will not have to undergo an additional X-ray imaging for the same condition.
It also reduces the amount of radiation a patient is exposed to. This does not mean overexposure is not possible, just less likely.For dentists and hygienists, the software to manage digital images is very user-friendly and intuitive. It takes very little time for a dentist to get the digital image software up and running. There may need to be some training on how to use the software to its fullest capacity, but no special training is needed to interpret the X-ray images it produces. So making the transition from film X-rays to digital radiography should be fairly simple.
If you are looking for a dentist that makes use of digital radiography, and the latest in today’s dental technology, you will find one at Bronitsky Family Dentistry. Located at 17952 SW Blanton St, in Aloha, OR, 97007, you can reach us at (503) 649-5665.
We are a full service dentistry practice, with an experienced and caring staff that will put you at ease, and make you feel at home. Digital radiography technology is available here, and no matter what oral services you need, we have the experience to help you get the results you want. We provide services for the entire family, from the youngest to the oldest.
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