The asset from digital radiology are enormous. It can make a radiological facility or department filmless. The referring physician can view the desired image on a desktop or a personal computer and often report in just a few minutes after the examination was performed.
The images are no longer held in a single location, however, can be seen simultaneously by physicians who are kilometers apart. In extension, the patient can have the x-ray images on a compact disk to take to another physician or hospital.
A darkroom is not needed. However, images can be printed using laser or thermal printers that are similar to computer printers which will produce good quality images on functional films without chemical processing.