Digital radiography in dentistry provides the dentist with the ability to store their images on a computer. This offers two critical advantages over film in the form of full-screen photos that can be enhanced and zoomed in on, aiding diagnostics and providing easier patient communication. It allows dental offices to communicate images electronically, allowing for more straightforward referrals and where applicable, easier insurance claim submission. Another big advantage of digital x-rays is that they are much less radiation used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography.
Why are digital X-rays better?
As technology advances, the medical industry also needs to advance for better efficiency among other advantages. Perception is essential to building trust between the patient and the dentist. The ability to use technologically advanced equipment and systems not only helps the dentist do their job at a higher standard, but can help the patient understand the process as well.
Advantages of digital radiography
- Higher quality of care
- X-ray image enhancement
- Enhanced X-ray image quality
- Fewer files cluttering office space
- No chemical developers
- Quick image sharing
- Time and productivity savings
- No more lost images
- Easier use than conventional radiography
The future of radiography will be digital. This means that radiologists are to be familiar with the technical principles, image quality criteria, and radiation exposure issues associated with the various digital radiography systems that have been used traditionally.
Digital detectors that are used allow for the implementation of a fully digital image archiving and communication system. This way images can be stored digitally and are available anytime. Dr Maguire’s dental practice has taken full advantage of all the benefits that digital X-rays offer.