Digital radiography is quickly growing in popularity in the UK primarily due to the superb image quality it produces in conjunction with ease of use and that fact that digital format images are so much easier to administer, share and store. Is it time for your veterinary practice to update its X-ray system to digital?
Here are some solid reasons why you should consider a CR or DD system and what it could mean for your practice.
Advantages of Digital Radiography
No more wet processing – a Cr system or DR system provides improved consistency in terms of the X-ray images produced for examination. Consistently clear images make for easier and quicker diagnosis. Additional benefits include:
- No need for darkroom facilities – this frees up valuable space within your practice which could possibly be better used for patient care or a variety of other additional purposes.
- Elimination of consumables – no more repeat purchase of X-ray films or processing chemicals; which in a busy veterinary practice can represent a substantial financial saving each month.
- Eliminates the need for disposal of used chemicals – not only is this more environmentally friendly, but in addition it reduces operational costs, too.
- No longer any need for storage of X-ray films or chemicals – this space saving benefit can free up valuable space for other purposes rather than simply dead storage space.
- Say goodbye to filing cabinets full of old X-ray images – digital means portability and flexibility in terms of immediate use of images, short-term storage on USB flash drives, and long-term storage which can be achieved through PACS, cloud storage, or on dedicated hard drives.
- Superior image quality – consistent clarity in high quality images produced by digital techniques makes for a more precise diagnosis, first time, every time.
- Ease of use – the ability to manage X-ray images in terms of focusing on different details, such as soft tissue or bone, and being able to make adjustments to take into account exposure helps avoid the necessity for multiple re-imaging and additional exposures – saving valuable time for each imaging process required.
Greater operational flexibility – images can easily be shared in digital format; by email and file share apps, for example, allowing for easier and quicker external consultation and referrals when required.
Image capture flexibility – a wide range of plates are available to capture images, providing equal flexibility in terms of image capture as offered by conventional systems; with the advantage of reduced image processing time and costs.
Switching to digital radiography offers greater ease of use, superior image quality, and reduced operational costs for a busy veterinary practice. Isn’t it time you seriously considered upgrading to digital radiography?