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Imaging Services  >  X-Ray


An X-ray image is produced when a small amount of radiation is passed through a body part to create an image. The image is produced as a result of the ways in which different internal structures absorb the radiation.

X-rays are most often performed to detect problems in the bones, such as fractures or evidence of arthritis in the joints, and in the chest, such as pneumonia.


No special preparation is required for general X-rays.


  • Depending on the area being examined, you may be asked to change into a gown and to remove any metal objects, such as jewellery and clothes with metal buttons, zippers or snaps.
  • Women between the ages of 11-55 will be asked about the possibility of pregnancy.
  • We will use lead shielding whenever possible, unless it obscures the area of interest.
  • You will be positioned by the technologist in several different ways to obtain the correct X-ray images and may be given breathing instructions.
  • You will be reminded to remain very still while the X-ray is being taken.
  • Once the technologist has confirmed that the necessary number of images has been taken and has determined they are of good quality, you will be free to leave.

Digital radiography provides so many advantages over conventional film that it’s easy to see why practices are making the transition to digital dental X-ray systems in waves. It’s telling that dentists without digital X-ray imaging who plan to sell their dental practices are finding it difficult, at best.

In addition, your patients expect to find modern technology at your practice. When you go digital with DMC, you provide top-notch, expert treatment to your patients — while improving the efficiency of your office, saving time and money.

Digital radiography advantage #1 – Higher quality of care

The equipment you use shapes the way your patients perceive your practice. Today’s patients are concerned about exposure to radiation — and conventional radiography can put you at a disadvantage.

Digital radiography typically reduces radiation exposure by 75% or more. That means your patients will notice a higher level of care when you use digital X-ray equipment.

Digital radiography advantage #2 – X-ray image enhancement 

Digital X-ray systems let you control the exposure of each image in real time, so you can make images darker or lighter on demand. You can also enlarge images, make enhancements to color and superimpose textures.

These features improve your ability to detect disease and its current state. They also provide immediate visuals for compelling patient education. All this adds up to faster diagnosis and greater treatment plan acceptance.

Digital radiography advantage #3 – Enhanced X-ray image quality 

Clarity and detail are crucial in dental imaging. Digital X-ray equipment provides image quality that can surpass traditional film, bringing out tiny fractures and imperfections that might have been missed on film.

However, not all dental X-ray systems are the same. That’s why it’s important to have digital radiography vendors demonstrate equipment with live X-rays, so you can judge the performance for yourself.

Digital radiography advantage #4 – Fewer files cluttering office space 

Filing, organizing and storing paper charts can be a real chore. With digital X-ray equipment, you eliminate the need to file and store hard-copy radiographic images.

Access digital images stored in a database from any networked computer, directly from the software you use to view the images. You can also scan and store all of your pre-existing X-rays within the same database, freeing up even more office space.

Digital radiography advantage #5 – No chemical developers 

Nobody likes dealing with harmful developing chemicals and fixing solutions. Digital radiography eliminates the need for automatic film processors, taking with it the odor, wait times and space they require.

Digital radiography advantage #6 – Time and productivity savings 

Reduce the long processing time of conventional radiography to seconds. X-ray images are instantly stored and ready to view on your computer. No more thumbing through files to retrieve an image. With digital radiography, all your images are just a few clicks away.

When your office needs to send an X-ray to an insurance company or another specialist, you don’t need to make a duplicate or deal with shipping. Digital X-rays are always ready to go. And when combined with NEA’s FastAttach, you can fully automate the attachment portion of your daily dental claims processing. 

Digital radiography advantage #7 – Quick image sharing

Digital radiography gives your practice the ability to send images to other practitioners in just moments. Send digital X-rays while you’re talking on the phone or even while a patient is being treated. The result is better, faster collaboration between you and other dental professionals.

Digital radiography advantage #8 – No more lost images

Eliminate the risk of losing important radiographs. Digital radiography safely stores your X-rays, so you won’t have to worry about films becoming loose from their holders or separated from their files. And when used with a Redundant Backup System, your images are safe even if the drive is stolen or lost in a fire, flood or other disaster.

Digital radiography advantage #9 – Easier use than conventional radiography

With just a small amount of training, dentists and their staff can quickly become familiar with digital radiography equipment — and you’ll wonder why your practice didn’t make the change before. Many dentists agree that digital radiography is easier, cleaner and faster than any conventional radiography.

X-rays are most often performed to detect problems in the bones, such as fractures or evidence of arthritis in the joints, and in the chest, such as pneumonia.

Medical Disclaimer: The Contents of this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.


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