At Sports and Spine, we offer the latest in x-ray diagnostic imaging, a high-frequency, digital system. The advantages of digital x-ray systems are many, both to the doctor and to the patient. Digital images allow for better diagnostic accuracy. When the x-ray appears on our screen, it can be manipulated in ways that the older images could not; we can change focus, magnify the image, and enhance it with differing contrast or densities. In this way we can catch things that would be difficult to register on an older x-ray. Patients are therefore subjected to fewer repeat x-rays, which adds up to significantly less exposure to radiation. Furthermore, high-frequency x-rays reduce the time of x-ray exposure, leading to less total exposure to each patient.
One of the most important new benefits that comes with digital technology is our increased ability to communicate with you, the patient. Communication between the doctor and the patient is one of the best ways to facilitate your recovery, and understanding your injury makes you all the more likely to avoid a similar injury in the future. With the instant digital imaging, we can immediately review your x-ray, highlight the problem in a way you can understand, and even give you a copy to view on your own computer.