In our articles, we often talk about how diagnostic imaging has changed over the years. We discuss what life was like before doctors and technicians could make use of medical imaging, and how x-rays, mammograms, DEXA scans, and MRIs in Fair Lawn have saved lives.
While it’s great to have these types of diagnostic imaging services in our lives, it’s also important to remember that the technology isn’t static. The scan you got 20 years ago and the one you have scheduled with us for next month might be identified by the same name, but it’s actually going to be better technology...and probably even safer. Let’s take a look at the ways in which the medical scans of today are better than those you might have received in the past.
The Switch To Digital
No doubt about it, the switch to digital is the biggest change that has occurred in medical imaging in decades. Just like digital photography has no doubt changed the way that you take pictures, it’s also affected diagnostic images services. There’s no more waiting for film to develop, and a doctor doesn’t have to wait for a courier to transfer the physical film from one office to another. (There’s also no chance that the x-rays can get lost.) Thanks to digital images, doctors can see the images and the radiologist’s notes much faster.
Another advantage of digital is that it attains a higher resolution than film. This is primarily due to the interpretive software that digital scans utilize. While film is pretty much “you get whatever you get,” digital images tend to be better because the software can increase the resolution.
The wonderful thing is that the software itself is getting better as well. If you ever took pictures on a first generation iPhone, you know just how bad they could be in the dark. Sure, the lenses and the sensors have gotten better, but more than anything it’s the software that has improved. The same is true for medical imaging scans, as engineers write better code in order to sharpen images.
Lower Ionizing Radiation
Thanks to digital images and the increased resolution that comes with them, we’re pleased to report that the doses of ionizing radiation needed to perform diagnostic imaging are lower. This means that the amount of ionizing radiation used in DEXA scans, CT scans, and still x-ray images is considerably less than what you’d find before digital x-rays came around (and much less than when x-ray technology was invented).
Are You Ready To Get The Safest Scans Ever?
Thanks to digital technology, diagnostic imaging services are safer than ever. Not only that, but we’re able to see the inside of the body with more clarity than ever before and doctors can get the necessary information faster than ever.
If you are in need of a medical scan, Fair Lawn Imaging is ready to make it happen. We’ll use the latest technology in order to get the images you and your doctor need. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!