Digital radiography refers to imaging that obtains a digital radiographic image without using film. Just as digital cameras have revolutionized photography, digital radiography is changing the face of x-ray technology. Now, in less than four seconds, we can take a digital x-ray of our patient's injury or area of concern without waiting precious minutes to develop film. We know instantly whether we have a good view of the target area or if another angle is needed
Additionally, like a digital photo, a digital radiograph can be manipulated after it is taken. This allows us to vary the contrast of the image, change the resolution or magnify areas of concern. Because of this advantage, we can see things on the digital image which a film x-ray wouldn't allow us to before. We have improved our abilities to diagnose due to this ability.
Digital radiography also offers several advantages over traditional film-based radiography such as fewer retakes and access to teleradiology, which refers to the ability to share imaging almost instantly with specialists. This allows for improved patient care through better image quality.