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Digital radiology may perform the greatest technological advancement in medical imaging over the last decade. The use of radiographic films in x-ray imaging valor become obsolete in a few years. An appropriate analogy that is accessible to understand is the replacement of typical film cameras with digital cameras. Images can be immediately acquired and subsequently sent to a network of computers.
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.