We use digital x-rays, which is a significant reduction in radiation.
Benefits of Digital Radiography
- The film is immediately processed and available to view, whereas film takes time to be developed.
- Less radiation is needed to produce the same quality image as film. Digital X-rays give 70% less exposure to radiation than conventional X-rays.
- You can enhance the digital image, such as altering brightness and contrast, with a series of processing techniques.
- Digital archiving – the ability to store these files on a computer.
- Digital radiography produces larger photos to better source hard-to-see cavities.
- Digital radiography, though expensive initially, is cheaper and more environmentally friendly in the long run.
- Grey-scale of a digital X-ray offers 256 shades of grey versus 16-25shades in conventional radiography.
Particular benefits of digital radiography for the dentists office include improved comfort for intra-oral (photos taken inside the mouth) X-rays performed by intra-oral dental assistants, and less cranial exposure to radiation. Digital images are also easily stored on a computer and can be transferred to different dentists or orthodontists for referrals. Despite this, there are still certain benefits offered by film radiography, which is why so many dentist offices maintain their older machines.