Digital Imaging is an integral component of the diagnostic services at Advanced Orthopedics. Our practice uses the Merge Imaging system in both of our locations.
Traditional x-ray cassettes hold a piece of film that is exposed to the radiation from the x-ray machine. After the film has been exposed, the technician goes into a darkroom, where the film is pulled from the cassette and placed in a processing machine that used chemicals to develop the image and create the final film that you see in the exam room. Digital imaging is a much faster and more efficient way of producing a clearer image. Each cassette contains a plate that is reusable. After each plate has been exposed to the radiation, it is placed in the CR (computer radiography) machine. This computer scans the data left on the plate, uploads it to the computer, and produces an image on the screen, all within a matter of seconds.
We have upgraded our onsite imaging at our North Cypress office for your comfort and convenience. The Viztek DR is a new state-of-the-art digital imaging system which will make taking and processing your images simpler, faster, and more convenient. Average processing time for every DR image is 1-2 seconds while a CR is 45 seconds. Typically 3-4 images are taken at a visit.
The technician can then adjust the levels of contrast, brightness and sharpness on the screen before sending it across our secure network to the database. The database allows our practice to store all of the images on our secure network. The Stryker Imaging system also provides an offsite data storage facility so that your images will never be lost.
Once the images have been sent to the database, our physicians can search for and pull them up anywhere in the world by accessing our secure network. Each of our exam rooms is equipped with a computer and a high resolution LCD flat screen so that our physicians can access and review your x-ray images with you. Your physician can further adjust the levels of contrast, brightness and sharpness at the computer terminal.