Veterinary Digital Radiography: CR and DR X-ray systems explained

What is digital radiography? What type of digital radiography is best for veterinary practice? 

As a vet, when hearing about digital radiography. you may have heard various terms such as CR, DR, DDR and
CCD. Finding it a little confusing? We are here to help!


Definitions of Digital Radiography

Digital X-ray is the electronic capture of an X-ray exposure. The exposure is captured in a device that converts the X-rays to a digital signal, which is then represented on a viewing monitor for diagnosis. An image from an X-ray system that appears on a viewing monitor may have come from one of three technologies that we will introduce: CR, CCD and DR/

As with any other form of technology, X-ray imaging has come a long way since the days of processing films in dark rooms. When introduced to veterinary practice, CR X-ray systems provided a quicker and more efficient form of X-ray imaging for vets in small animal practice, with films being passed in cassettes through a processor and the associated software presenting the image on a computer screen within minutes. But technology has moved on once again and the latest innovation means you can obtain your X-ray image in a matter of seconds. With DR X-ray technology your image is processed  and available to view in seconds, allowing you to swiftly move on to your next view. Full X-ray series can be complete in minutes - reducing anesthetic time and helping your practice run more efficiently. 

So what’s the difference between these technologies and which one is right for your veterinary practice? 

Download our FREE guide to CR and DR X-ray technology for  veterinary practice. This article highlights the differences between CR and DR X-ray and explains the benefits for veterinary practice. 

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