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As time moves on, technology gets more advanced to improve efficiency and convenience. The same applies to medical equipment.
Radiography - more commonly referred to as x-ray technology - has been used for over a century and it is a highly effective way of viewing teeth, bone, and other aspects of the body from the inside. It is useful both in the medical field and the dental field. However, the next step forward for these machines comes with improvements that benefit both patients and doctors alike.
Digital imagery has become the standard way of taking photos for consumer technology and thanks to advancements in medical technology, we are seeing the benefits applied to dental clinics across the US. At Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness we want to ensure that we have the technology that can best benefit patients. We will be going over digital radiography and the improvements it brings over traditional radiography.
Digital Radiography And Its Benefits
The type of radiography that you are likely more familiar with is called traditional radiography. It is similar to how cameras generally used to function before digital photography became a mainstay thanks to smartphones and enthusiast digital cameras. As the x-rays pass through the body, they are absorbed, allowing them to produce the final images that doctors can take note of. The images take time to develop, however and some people may be concerned with the radiation emitted. On top of this, the images are sometimes not as large as we’d like for seeing fine details.
Digital radiography answers these drawbacks with the nature of digital photography itself. The images taken are available immediately to view and they are able to be resized to view things up close much like how you are able to zoom in on a photo on a computer. On top of this, digital radiography emits 80% less radiation than traditional radiography. How this is able to work is plates that are used to intercept the x-ray beams - these plates are what allow the data to show up on a computer instantaneously.
Not only are these machines more efficient - they save the office money in the long run because they do not rely on film to take the photographs. Many offices across the US are still using traditional radiography for now due the initial costly nature of purchasing this equipment, but when you factor in how many years of service it can provide we personally think it is more than worth it.
What This Means For You
The most notable benefits for patients are the decreased radiation and the more detailed photos that can be taken. Traditional radiography machines are safe when used on a patient sparingly - twice a year for example, but the significantly reduced radiation of digital x-rays provides more flexibility and better peace of mind for the patients. And most importantly, the superior photos taken allow us to view details more easily which results in more accurate treatment plans. Overall, we feel that digital radiography is a fantastic step forward.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with us or ask any questions, we at Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness would love to talk to you! You can contact us at 704-629-8081.