Digital Radiographs VS. Film

Everyone who has visited the dentist is familiar with x-rays. X-rays are a diagnostic tool your dentist uses to detect cavities and other dental issues. But have you ever wondered about the type of x-rays your dentist takes or what technology is behind those black and white images of your teeth? What about the differences between film radiography and the digital radiography you can find at Dr. Rosenfeld’s office?

Film Radiography

Film radiography has been the standard for x-rays for many years in the past and it is the type of radiography most patients are familiar with. The images that are taken during the x-ray are developed on a film that the dentist inspects during your examination. Film radiography is serviceable, but it exposes the patient to more radiation and the image takes longer to develop. Since it creates a physical x-ray, it must be stored in a physical file.

The Benefits of Digital Radiographs

Digital radiography is an exciting technological advancement for dentists and something you may be interested in for several reasons. Unlike a film x-ray, digital x-rays are uploaded to a digital cloud instantaneously. Your dentist has access to the images as soon as they are taken and instead of just having one printed flat image to study, your dentist can adjust the x-ray any way he needs to perform a more accurate diagnostic. He can change the viewing contrast and invert, rotate, magnify, and negate the image to catch details that would have been missed on a standard film. Once the exam is over, your x-ray is stored digitally in a cloud where it will always be safe from natural disasters and easy to find and access at any time. If you ever change states, your files will be easily transferable and you won’t have to wait for your x-rays to arrive by mail.

Some other reasons you might prefer digital radiographs include:

  • Digital radiographs emit up to 90% less radiation. If you’re worried about radiation exposure, knowing your dentist uses digital radiography can give you peace of mind.
  • You see your images instantly and can ask for different angles right there.
  • Your image will stay crisp and high quality forever. The x-ray will never fade or suffer from any discoloration over time that might occur with an old film x-ray.
  • The sensor is much smaller and thinner than the one used for film.

Dr. Rosenfeld is excited to offer digital radiography to his patients. You can see the difference between digital and film radiographs yourself when you visit the office.