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Digital radiography (DR) is an advanced form of x-ray inspection which produces a digital radiographic image instantly on a computer.At Magnus diagnostic centre we have a high end Simens digital x-ray system which delivers precise imaging with less radiation exposure.
Are X-ray safe?
For a person who is exposed to x-ray rarely (less than 9 x-rays a year) there is no or negligible risk of any effects to the body. Being exposed to X-rays frequently on a daily basis does carry a risk of causing cancer many years or decades later, but this risk is thought to be very small. For example, an X-ray of your chest, limbs or teeth is equivalent to a few days’ worth of background radiation.
What are the main differences between an X-Ray and a CT scan?
- CT scan allows for a more detailed view compared to a X-ray. For example, a chest X-ray may identify an abnormality, but a chest CT scan should be able to show the exact location and examine the nature of a formation.
- X-ray provides a 2D image, while a CT scan is able to produce a 3D view of your organs.
- An X-ray is built to examine dense tissues, while a CT scan is better able to capture bones, soft tissues and blood vessels all at the same time.
- X-ray equipment is much smaller and less complex than a CT scan since a CT scanner needs to rotate around the patient being scanned.
- X-ray is a good low-cost, first-look exam. In order to move forward with your diagnosis and treatment, you might have to do a CT scan to have a better picture.