Excel Diagnostics & Nuclear Oncology Center
Diagnostic Imaging & Clinical Research located in Houston, TX
Digital X-rays are faster than traditional X-rays, as they immediately produce an exceptionally clear image on the computer. Ebrahim Delpassand, MD, and the diagnostic imaging team at Excel Diagnostics & Nuclear Oncology Center use digital X-rays not only to get fast pictures but also because they expose you to less radiation than traditional X-rays. If you need to get X-rays for any bone problem, call the office in Houston, Texas, or book an appointment online today.
What are digital X-rays?
Traditional X-rays use film to capture images of your body’s structures. By comparison, digital X-rays use specialized sensors instead of film. After X-rays pass through your body, the sensors quickly convert the beams into an image that a computer monitor displays.
What are the advantages of digital X-rays?
Digital X-rays have several important advantages over traditional X-rays, including:
Though the digital method still uses X-rays, you’re exposed to significantly less radiation compared to traditional X-rays.
The digital image is available immediately. By comparison, traditional X-rays take time to process.
Digital X-rays produce pictures with better clarity. Additionally, the team can manipulate digital images to create the best picture. For example, they can enlarge the image or adjust the brightness.
You and your doctors can quickly access the digital images. Additionally, the team at Excel Diagnostics & Nuclear Oncology Center can easily store digital images on a secure external drive.
When might I need a digital X-ray?
The team at Excel Diagnostics & Nuclear Oncology Center takes digital X-rays to diagnose broken bones and dislocated joints, including skull fractures and spinal injuries.
Beyond diagnosing and treating fractures and dislocations, you may need a digital X-ray to:
- Detect abnormal bone growths
- Diagnose bone cancer
- Diagnose bone infections
- Find slipped spinal discs or spinal curvatures
- Locate foreign objects in your body
- Find signs of infection, arthritis, or tendinitis
You may also need digital X-rays to monitor the progress of fractures as they heal or to watch the progression of diseases like arthritis.
What should I expect during a digital X-ray?
Your X-ray technician positions your body to get the best view, then you only need to stay still while they take the X-ray. If you are injured and have a hard time holding the position, your technician helps by placing pillows or other objects in a way that supports your body.
The team at Excel Diagnostics & Nuclear Oncology Center always takes at least two images from different angles. They typically take three digital X-ray pictures when the problem is in or around a joint.
If you need a digital X-ray or have any questions, call Excel Diagnostics & Nuclear Oncology Center, or request an appointment online today.