Digital vs. Analog Radiography Systems

As it is in any industry, medical technology advances quickly. In the case of radiography, new digital systems continue to replace older analog x-ray systems in dental practices worldwide. Take a look at how analog and digital radiography systems stack up across four key aspects:

Ease of Use/Labor Intensity

Analog radiography must be processed by staff, interpreted carefully by busy experts, and, later, cataloged by hand into patient files. Digital radiography stores images directly onto a local drive, and interpretation is often assisted by computer software.

X-Ray Quality

Analog does not produce clear enough pictures to work with only one image. Generally, analog radiography involves taking multiple x-rays from the same position to confirm what's being seen. Digital technology produces maximal image quality whether the x-rays are done intraorally or extraorally.

Image Processing Time

Analog imaging requires a certain amount of film processing time to receive the final x-rays. Digital systems have instant exposure and are capable of producing high-quality images shortly after they are taken.

Patient Safety

Analog x-ray systems typically use a high dose of radiation to achieve decent image quality. With modern digital sensor technology, much lower optimal exposure levels can be used, even with dental intraoral x-ray sensors.

Cost of Operation

Analog systems require film and processing chemicals to produce images, adding to dental practice costs (plus disposal costs for chemical waste). Digital systems do not require film and display the images directly on a screen.

Why Change from Analog to Digital?

Unsurprisingly, upgrading to newer medical imaging technology provides a number of benefits, not least of all the ability to bring in new patients interested in dentists with the most up-to-date technology. As the comparisons above illustrate, digital radiography is much simpler and provides a higher quality of x-rays without additional effort.

Dentist Holding Analog X-Ray Film

Perhaps the most important benefit of digital x-ray technology is that it quickly and easily produces the clearest quality of images available with a single take. Rather than having to take multiple x-rays and send the patient away while the x-rays are developed, a dentist can have the digital images in a matter of minutes, cutting down the amount of time the patient will have to spend in the office (and potentially saving them the insurance copay for a second visit).

The high fidelity of the images makes it easy for dentists to see the teeth, jaw bone, and surrounding tissues, providing increased diagnostic capabilities. The images can also be easily stored, accessed, and managed along with patient files on complementary computer software. Plus, the reduced labor requirements and the elimination of film and chemical processing add up to major cost savings.

Make the Switch with Digital Dental X-Ray Systems from Suni Medical Imaging, Inc.

Suni Medical Imaging, Inc. is dedicated to producing the highest quality of intraoral and extraoral digital radiography products. Our Suni PanQ (extraoral), Suni IQ (intraoral) and SuniRay2 (intraoral) systems offer state-of-the-art digital image quality, easy x-ray management, superior sensor durability, and optimal efficiency. Our intraoral radiography products feature an integrated CMOS chip and APS fiber plates in a comfortable compact sensor design.

To learn more about our digital imaging systems and/or obtain pricing information, browse our product catalog or call us at 1-800-GET-SUNI.