Computed radiography (CR) is considered by some to be the work-horse for digital image capture of general radiography exams because it is affordable, offers excellent image quality and exposure latitude and utilizes existing x-ray systems. CR systems deliver digital imaging to general radiology departments and lower-volume areas that can include hospital floors and outpatient imaging centers. Digital radiography (DR) technology is more expensive, but some believe it earns its keep with significant productivity gains and the capacity for higher image quality or lower dose. DR systems are especially appropriate for emergency room settings and high-volume areas in general radiology departments, orthopedic clinics, imaging centers and other facilities. Facilities with growing patient volumes and limited space often choose to install DR systems in one or 2 exam rooms to double the productivity of those rooms, while one or more CR systems serve the remaining rooms or remote areas. Patients benefit from both faster image capture (it takes less time for each imaging exam) and hospitals achieve a digital distribution process that speeds delivery of radiology reports to referring physicians and a more efficient imaging workflow that can lead to increased revenues.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|