Digital Radiography


 Dr. Gary J. Jacky looking at digital xray at Perrinville Family Dentistry, Edmonds, WA
Here at Perrinville Family Dentistry, we use digital radiography to provide dental health diagnosis to our patients. Digital Radiography has become one of the essential technologies in dentistry. Digital radiographs produce better quality images and expose the patient to less radiation. Traditional x-rays have always required strong radiation to capture an image on photographic films.

In dentistry, digital radiography involves an electronic sensor that is inserted into your mouth to capture images that are then displayed on a screen. Digital radiography is preferred in dentistry over traditional film x-rays for several reasons. The following are some of these benefits.

High-Quality Images


Traditional film x-rays have always been produced on a standard size film, regardless of the part of the body being x-rayed. That made it rather difficult to view and analyze the image, especially images of oral structures. Digital radiography, on the other hand, allows easy manipulation of the image, making the analysis process easier. The image can be magnified, compressed, or enlarged. The contrast and brightness of the image can be adjusted as well. This provides a better way of getting a visual perspective of the image. Overall, digital radiograph images are of clearer.

Less Radiation


Since the advent of x-rays, there has been a great deal of discussion of the number of radiation people should be exposed to. There is, however, universal agreement that radiation exposure should be as minimal as possible. Digital radiographs reduce the amount of radiation one is exposed to during x-ray imaging to a minimum. Digital x-rays expose you to 90 percent less the radiation of film x-rays.

Also, our specialists will only use x-ray imaging on you when they deem it necessary. They weigh the risk of exposure to radiation, and the benefits accrued from obtaining a good diagnosis thanks to the x-ray image. In most instances, the benefits of correct diagnosis outweigh the risks involved.

Easy Transfer and Sharing


Digital radiograph images are easy to store, transfer, and share. They are digital images, hence easily sharable through a computer network. That has made it easy and quick to our specialists to consult with other experts while making a diagnosis. We always seek a second opinion when conducting diagnosis on our patients. We can easily consult with an expert who’s across the globe in a matter of minutes, thanks to digital radiographs.

Toxin Free


Traditional x-rays featured toxic chemicals that were used to develop photographic films. Digital x-rays are friendly to the environment, as they do not feature photographic films. The films, which would eventually be disposed of, would pollute the environment. It is best that no one has to be exposed to the toxins anymore as well, although lab attendants had to wear protective gear while handling the films. Digital x-rays are easy to use and more effective when conducting a diagnosis.

Call Perrinville Family Dentistry at (425) 616-0620 today to find out more about digital radiography and how we use it while treating our patients.

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