What’s the Difference Between an Analog and Digital X-Ray?

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Here at the office of Paul D. Nifong, Jr., DDS, we are dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients. As part of this commitment, we make sure to stay up-to-date with the latest in dental treatment and diagnostic technology. For example, we have upgraded our x-ray equipment from analog to digital.

What’s the Difference Between an Analog and Digital X-Ray?

In this article, we’ll explain the differences between analog and digital X-rays and why the second kind is better for dental diagnostics.

  • Radiation – All X-ray technology uses X-ray radiation to capture images of the interior of the body. Unlike visible light, x-rays can penetrate the soft tissues of the body, but not the bones, which is how they can create images of the skeleton. A digital X-ray machine uses less radiation to capture images than analog X-rays do, which makes it the healthier choice in the long run.
  • Development – Analog X-ray images are captured on film, and that film must then be developed before the images can be viewed. In contrast, a digital X-ray is processed using software, and the images become clear immediately. This means your dental team won’t have to wait as long before examining your X-rays and can instead look at them and give you results within a single appointment.
  • Resolution – A third key difference between an analog and a digital X-ray is their different levels of resolution. Digital X-rays have a much higher resolution than their analog counterparts, which means the images are clearer and contain more data for the dentists to use to provide diagnoses. This, in turn, allows your dentist to provide more accurate diagnoses and to tailor your treatment plan more effectively.

If you have questions about digital X-rays or any of the other state-of-the-art equipment we use in our office, we would be glad to address them with you. Reach out today to learn more.