When you need an X-ray to precisely pinpoint the cause of your back or neck pain, you should expect the most advanced procedure — digital X-rays. Dr. Carline Clerge-Leger at Well Care Integrative Medicine offers the convenience of on-site digital X-rays, so you get immediate results and higher-quality imaging than old-style film X-rays. Don’t continue to suffer from back or neck pain, call the office in West Palm Beach, Florida, or use online booking to schedule an appointment.
Digital X-rays are produced when X-ray images are captured by digital X-ray sensors instead of the traditional photographic film. The digital sensors convert X-ray beams into an image that’s transmitted to a computer display.
When electromagnetic waves enter your body, varying amounts of the X-ray beams pass through different parts of your body. The image that’s produced is determined by the number of X-ray beams that penetrate the tissues.
Virtually all of the X-ray beams pass through soft tissues, like blood, skin, fat, and muscle, so they appear in gray on the image. By comparison, bone or dense soft tissues, like tumors, allow few X-rays to pass through, so they appear white. A fracture appears as a dark line in the white bone.
One of the biggest advantages of getting a digital X-ray is that the image appears immediately on the computer monitor. You don’t have to wait for the film to be chemically processed. The quick results can be used to show you the problem and explain your treatment options.
Other advantages of digital X-rays include:
Digital X-ray sensors are more sensitive than film, which means less radiation is needed to get a superior image.
Digital X-rays produce higher depth and clarity. Additionally, they can be enlarged without distorting the image and enhanced to make them easier to view.
Digital X-rays are easily saved as digital files in electronic medical records systems, where they become a permanent part of your record. They can be easily accessed in the future to compare and evaluate degenerative changes.
Dr. Clerge-Leger performs digital X-rays on site to get the detailed information necessary to accurately diagnose problems with your spine and to guide treatment recommendations.
It’s often important to take a digital X-ray in patients over the age of 65 with back pain, to be sure age-related structural problems are identified. Digital X-rays are also done when the doctor suspects:
Dr. Clerge-Leger offers on-site digital X-rays as part of her dedication to providing only the most advanced and effective diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. If you have back or neck pain, call Well Care Integrative Medicine or book an appointment online.