3 advantages of digital x-ray over film

May 26, 2022 9:46:00 AM / by Jennifer Hutchison

When it comes to diagnosing patients, speed is of the essence. Every minute that a health practitioner has to wait for test results is a minute that the patient isn't getting the treatment they need. Thankfully, digital x-rays are a huge improvement over film.

Not only is the processing time much faster, but there are also no dangerous chemicals involved. Instead, the x-ray image is sent directly from the digital x-ray machine to a computer, where it can be viewed almost instantaneously. The digital image can then be easily shared for health practitioners to collaborate and consult with each other.

Ultimately, switching to digital x-ray is a win-win for both health practitioners and patients. If you need more convincing, here are three advantages of digital x-ray over film.

1. Digital x-ray requires no hazardous chemicals or expensive film

In film-based x-ray systems, you have to use chemicals to process the x-ray image. These chemicals can be hazardous and in some cases even toxic when not used or disposed of correctly. In addition to using chemicals, film-based x-ray systems also require film, which can be very costly.

Digital x-ray systems on the other hand use no chemicals whatsoever. Instead, these systems use a digital sensor to capture the x-ray image, which is then stored electronically. This also means that digital x-rays are much safer for health practitioners, as they will not be exposed to any harmful chemicals. In addition, digital x-rays can help save money as there is no need to buy chemicals or film.

As there is no need for costly film and dangerous chemicals, digital x-ray systems are a much safer and more cost-effective choice.

2. Digital x-ray has a shorter processing time than film

One of the main advantages of digital x-ray systems over film-based x-ray systems is the shorter processing time. With a film-based system, you have to remove the film from the cassette and then process it properly, which can take up to 20 minutes.

On the other hand, in a digital x-ray system you can see the image within a matter of seconds. This efficiency means you can diagnose your patients a lot quicker as you're not wasting time processing the film. In addition, digital x-ray images can be easily stored and retrieved, which is helpful if you need to refer back to them at a later date.

3. Digital x-ray images are easier to share than film

One of the great advantages of digital x-rays is that they are easy to share. If you need to send an image to another specialist or to a patient's insurance company, you can do so quickly and easily. All you need to do is send the file electronically through secure web-based viewers or via email.

This is a huge time saver and means that you can get the information you need without having to wait for copies to be made and mailed. In addition, if you ever need to refer back to an x-ray, you can simply pull it up on your computer.

With film-based x-rays, you get only one copy from the sheet of film. This means you have to make multiple copies to share it with your patients or healthcare practitioners which is time and resource intensive.

Digital x-rays are easy to share and easy to access, making them a convenient and efficient way to manage your x-ray images.


Digital x-ray systems are a great improvement on the old film-based x-ray systems because they don’t use hazardous chemicals or expensive film, have a much quicker processing time, and make it easy to share x-ray images.

If you need help with upgrading your facility or would like advice on how best to implement this technology into your practice, get in touch with our team today! We can help you every step of the way, from choosing the right equipment to providing training for your staff.

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Tags: Chiropractic Digital X-ray, Digital X-ray System

Jennifer Hutchison
Written by Jennifer Hutchison

My goal is to provide my customers with the best equipment possible, at the best price possible, in order to see their business grow and thrive. I currently work hand in hand with doctors of Chiropractic all over the nation to put together custom equipment packages that meet their special needs. Each doctor has their own speciality technique, and by working directly with many of the groups such as NUCCA, Gonstead, CBP, Everest, Blair, KCUCS, and many other groups, I have built the knowledge and expertise to create custom x-ray equipment packages for their specific needs. Seeing my customers using the equipment I sold them in order to heal and help people all over the nation is the true happiness I get from my career. - 9 Years experience in medical device and equipment sales -12 Years experience in Medical Imaging Field - Sales expert for x-ray and digital x-ray equipment nationwide - Work with over 25 different manufacturers and vendors - Strong accounting, finance, and account management background - Upper Cervical X-Ray Sales Specialist