Digital X-Rays vs. Traditional X-Rays

X-rays are one of the oldest—yet still most frequently used—form of medical imaging. Since its invention in the early 1900s, millions have had x-rays conducted on them to let the doctor know what is going on inside them. Like other areas of the medical field advancing, it is no surprise that x-rays have evolved as well. Digital x-rays offer a wide variety of benefits for those getting the x-ray taken as well as for the doctor conducting the x-ray.

Less Radiation

Digital X-ray technology has been proven to expose patients to 80% less radiation when compared to a traditional X-ray. While the amount of radiation even used in traditional x-rays is a low and safe level, digital x-rays still offer another level of safeness. It is highly unlikely that someone could develop medical issues from the radiation.

More Cost Effective and Efficient

A huge benefit of digital radiography is the lower cost associated with the x-ray. The film used for traditional x-rays is expensive and would make the cost of x-rays high. There is also no delay to wait for the x-rays to develop which can translate to shorter appointment times for most patients.


Since it is digital, it is easy to store and revisit later which can give a clear progression and diagnose health issues clearly. Film based x-rays are hard to store, and as they age, the loss of quality makes them hard to revisit later.

More Environment-Friendly

Digital technology is also very beneficial to the environment since it does not require film and hazardous chemicals to be developed. The amount of waste is greatly reduced with the advent of digital technology.

Overall, the technological step forward from traditional x-rays to digital is more accurately a huge leap forward. Now, patients are exposed to less radiation and have to wait for less time for results, while doctors are able to more accurately and quickly diagnose their patients.