Importance of Digital Imaging

Importance of Digital Imaging

At Angleton Emergency Room we are dedicated to providing convenient, quality and efficient care, for this reason, we use digital imaging for diagnosing our patient’s condition. We know that in an emergency patients want quick answers and with digital imaging, we can provide those answers even quicker. Some of the benefits of digital imaging may include:

  • Less Radiation – A lot of patients have questions regarding radiation and diagnostic imaging, when using digital radiography, we can lower the dose needed. The digital image receptors are more sensitive to low levels of radiation when compared to film.
  • Quicker Answers – Using digital imaging allows us to get images almost instantaneously, in comparison to the 10-20 minutes it takes to setup and process film imaging. This will allow Doctors to review your diagnostic imaging faster than it would take with traditional radiography methods.
  • Better Images – Digital Imaging also provides a higher resolution image than film radiography, allowing the image to be magnified or manipulated after processing. This can allow Doctors to get a better look at anatomical features they might not see on traditional film.
  • Portability – Using digital imaging for radiography allows the images to be stored and shared more easily, whether it be via the cloud or a CD. This can allow transfer to a primary care manager, or another physician extremely fast and easy.
  • Archivability – Digital Imaging also allows historical data to be stored easier. Whether you need records immediately or to hang on to for future Doctor appointments, digital imaging allows for easier archiving of your medical history.

What Is Diagnostic Imaging?

Diagnostic imaging explains many methods of inspecting the inside of the body to help figure out the conditions of an illness or damage and establish a diagnosis. Doctors can use it to check how the patient’s body is responding to the treatment for a fracture.

Types of Diagnostic Imaging

Health Images provides a complete collection of diagnostic imaging services, including the following.

1. MRI Scans:

MRIs don’t practice radiation, but are fairly a strong magnet to capture an image of the body of the patient. There are four types of MRI machines:

  • True open
  • Closed
  • 3T
  • Wide bore

Your doctor might suggest an MRI scan for various purposes. It gives them a detailed examination of your body, and they can use it to consider things like:

  • Spinal cord and brain anomalies
  • Cysts, tumors and other bodily flaws
  • Joint anomalies and damages
  • Breast tissue examination for cancer
  • Suspicious uterine irregularities
  • Abdominal or liver diseases etc.,

MRI technology used is constantly growing. An MRI exam usually gets about 30 to 60 minutes from start to end.

2. MRA Scans

MRA stands for magnetic resonance angiogram, an analysis that gives highly specific images of the blood vessels in the body. MRA scans are a kind of MRIs. Radio wave energy pulses and magnetic field, the MRA gives data that CT scans, ultrasounds or x-rays.

3. CT Scans

CT scan is also known as “cat scan.” The examination consists of a series of X-ray scans or images obtained from different perspectives. Computer software can produce cross-sectional images of blood vessels and soft tissues inside the body.

4. Ultrasound

It is also known as “sonography,” ultrasound imaging is a safe imaging technique that produces images of the inside of the body. It doesn’t utilise radiation, but fairly high-frequency waves. As a result, it’s a safe procedure during pregnancy. The ultrasound images are in real-time and show the formation and evolution of internal organs.

5. X-rays

X-rays are the most generally practised and well-known diagnostic imaging tests. Doctors use them to inspect the inside of the body. An X-ray machine produces a high-energy laser that solid tissue and bones can’t absorb, but that moves through other regions of the body. This method creates an image, allowing doctors to check for fractures or injuries in your bones.

Advantages of Digital Radiography

The advantages over film-based radiography:

  1. Image Quality
  2. Cost Savings
  3. Ease-of-Use
  4. Fewer Retakes
  5. Decreased Radiation Exposure
  6. Faster Processing Time
  7. Quality Care
  8. Quick Image Sharing
  9. Easy Image Storage
  10. Image enhancement

At Angleton Emergency Room, we try to ensure every patient has a compassionate, convenient and quality visit. We are dedicated to using the latest technology for our patients, such as Digital Imaging. The use of this technology allows us to provide a quicker, better experience for each and every one of our patients.