While technological advances in medical image processing have superseded most older technology, there is still a great deal of older equipment that is quite serviceable. In addition, due to budgetary considerations in the profit-driven health care system, discarding such equipment may not be practical.
The ideal solution in such cases is to retrofit your old equipment with newer computed radiography (CR) technology. Such Computed Radiography solutions make it possible to integrate older equipment that is in danger of becoming obsolete and give it a new lease on life?
About Computed Radiography
Computed Radiography is a bridge between conventional radiography and digital variety. It uses virtually the same equipment but replaces traditional film with what is called an imaging plate. This plate contains a material known as photostimulable phosphor, a special chemical that responds to x-rays. Placed in a special cassette, this plate is positioned over or under the region of the patient’s body to be examined as the x-ray image is being taken. This plate is then run through a Computed Radiography scanner, which is a specific kind of laser scanner designed to create a digital image.
Using GE AMX 4 Plus Portable GE XRay Machines, this makes it possible to use existing equipment to create medical images that can then be saved in digital image format.
Manipulating and Editing the Digital Image
GE AMX 4 is an image file format similar to the better-known.jpg and.png formats commonly used for Web images. As such, a GE AMX 4 image can be enhanced and enlarged like a Photoshop or GIMP image. What makes the GE AMX 4 Plus so useful to the medical profession is that GE AMX 4 image file also includes vital patient information, preventing that information from ever becoming separated from the image.
How is Computed Radiography image Different From Digital Radiography?
While both Computed Radiography (CR) and Digital Radiography (DR) can use stationary or portable x-ray machines, and both produce digital images that can be edited with computer software. The main difference lies in the nature of the media; the former uses an imaging plate housed within the cassette, Digital Radiography is able to capture an image directly on to a flat panel detector, eliminating the need for a special cassette.
The small clinic with budgetary constraints can allow the facility to benefit from the latest digital imaging technology, making it easier to achieve accurate diagnoses than ever before.