Digital X-rays are performed similarly to conventional X-rays but use a special imaging detector that "reads" the body part rather than exposing it on film. This is the same technique used by digital cameras. The images produced by digital X-rays can be viewed on a computer, which allows for faster results and convenient delivery to other doctors.
X-rays are one of the most common procedures used to diagnose a wide variety of conditions in nearly every area of the body. Although X-rays are usually effective in identifying abnormalities, their method for doing so is somewhat outdated. Despite an increasingly digital world, X-rays still use sheets of film that require processing, much like film in a regular camera.
Digital Radiography exposes patients to less radiation, a minor risk involved in conventional X-rays. The speed and safety of digital X-rays frequently make them a preferred type of imaging test.