Wondering which digital system is right for you?
There are as many choices in digital imaging as there are letters in the alphabet (CR, DR, CCD, GadOX- aSI, CsI, PACS, and DICOM).
Because the purchase for digital imaging is a large initial investment, most purchasers want confidence in the system they decide on. The solution should meet both the needs of their image quality standards as well as fit reasonably within the budget while providing a return on the investment within the first year of purchase.
Computed radiology or CR has typically been the method of choice for private practice physicians that meets both expectations, however flat panel solutions (DR) are now close enough to the money mark that they are catching a second glance.
A study published in 2005 by Radiology compares the resolution of the Flat Panel (DR) solution with a CR solution for comparison in image quality. Both prove acceptable, however, with the break in pricing for flat panels, which would you choose?