Digital X-ray – Revolutionizing Traditional X-ray Images
X-ray imaging has been a standard tool in medical diagnosis for over 100 years. Just as the discovery of a mysterious ray (or X- ray) in 1885 marked a quantum leap in medical diagnosis, digital X-ray imaging represents a major breakthrough in modern medical practice. Digital X-ray images are readable within 10 seconds from the beginning of the scan and can be sent to any computer in the world immediately after they are produced.
At Optima Diagnostic Imaging we offer referring physicians and patients the most advanced digital x-ray services Los Angeles has available. Digital X-ray images can be enhanced, filtered, modified, cropped and otherwise edited just as any other digital photograph. The images produced have superior clarity and contrast not possible with film X-ray images.
Because digital X-ray images are seen immediately, patients no longer have to wait until the film has been developed to see if the image is clear enough for diagnosis. Another advantage is that in most cases, overexposed or underexposed images can be digitally corrected which eliminates the need for the patients to repeat the scan. This decreases overall exposure to radiation.
X-Ray: Still First Line of Screening
X-ray imaging is used to detect a number of conditions including:
- Bone tumors
- Lung Cancer
- Heart failure
- Enlarged Heart
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Infections and Inflammation
- Blocked Blood Vessels
- Kidney Stone
- Digestive Tract Problems
- Swallowed Object Detection
X-rays emit very little radiation, are painless and take very little time. This first line of screening allows doctors to determine if more testing is needed without exposing patients to the stress of more intensive imaging such as MRI or CT scans.
Versatile Digital X-Ray Imaging
Disease progression can be monitored with X-ray imaging. The clarity provided by digital X-ray allows physicians to more precisely track conditions like osteoporosis and arthritis. Monitoring the progress of cancer treatment and the effect it is having on tumors is also done by periodic X-ray scans.
Chest X-rays can be done before surgery so that structures in the chest can be identified and assessed. They can also monitor whether or not a prescribed treatment is being effective, as in the treatment of COPD.
In some cases a chest X-ray is needed for employment to rule out tuberculosis. This is usually ordered when there has been a positive reaction to a tuberculosis skin test.
Using X-ray with Contrast Medium
Certain types of conditions require the use of a contrasting substance to provide definition in areas that are composed of soft tissue. Conditions of the intestines and blood vessels often require the use of a contrast medium such as barium or iodine at the time the X-ray is done. These materials produce a clearer image and more definition for the X-ray technician. Los Angeles area patients and referring physicians depend on contrast medium X-rays to diagnose symptoms such as a change in bowel habits, chronic diarrhea and abdominal pain, as well as suspected arterial blockage.
Digital X-ray is one of the many forms of diagnostic imaging available at Optima Diagnostic Imaging. Our facility is proud to be fully accredited by the American College of Radiology, which oversees strict standards of practice in the field. Our world class physicians and attentive staff are focused on delivering among the best X-ray services Los Angeles has available.