1. What is DR?
DR is an abbreviation for digital radiography, a form of X-ray imaging that uses a digital detector panel to record X-ray Images.
2. What’s the difference between DR and traditional radiography?
When you think of X-rays, traditional radiography is likely what pops into your head. These systems have been around since the 1900s and require large amounts of radiation to pass through a subject before capturing the results of the X-ray on film.
DR uses around 80% less radiation than traditional radiography. DR systems, which need fewer material and repair costs, are also less expensive than traditional radiography.
3. What’s the difference between DR and CR?
Like DR, computed radiography takes the abbreviated form of CR. CR systems developed X-ray Images using cassette systems similar to analog film. The X-ray Image is captured on the special Image Phosphor and then “Processed” or “Computed” as a digital image. CR systems are less expensive than DR units, but they typically increase the patient dose and also require frequent maintenance.
DR and CR systems are competitors in modern practices, but the world is generally turning to DR for its practicality, ease of use, and scalability.
4. What volume of patients can a DR system treat?
DR systems process images digitally and takes less time to perform the X-rays. For that reason, DR systems can be used to treat a high volume of people, improve patient processing speeds, and have better ROI.
5. What are the medical benefits of a DR system?
DR systems produce far less radiation than their other counterparts. That means fewer harmful rays and less worry for overexposure. The images are practically instantaneous and have a greater amount of detail for diagnosis, all of which results in better patient care and satisfaction.
6. What are the benefits of a DR system?
The benefits of a DR system include:
- Less radiation
- Improved detail
- Cheaper running costs
- Easier integration with modern systems
- Improved network security standards
- Better compliance with regulatory compliance laws
7. What type of imaging can I expect from a DR system?
DR systems produce clearer, more high-quality images than traditional X-rays. The clearer image quality gives the physicians a better advantage for diagnosis because they are able to see details that might have been missed before.
8. Do I have to buy a new X-ray Machine to go “DR”?
Not necessarily. Most current X-ray Systems can be converted to Digital by just adding a DR Panel. If your system is older, however, you may need to upgrade at least the Generator and X-ray Tube.
You can also purchase certified refurbished and used equipment at a deep discount and unlock the benefits of DR for your practice.
9. Why are Medicare benefits paying more on reimbursements for DR than for CR or traditional radiography?
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 dictates that Medicare reimbursements will be reduced by 20% per year for analog X-ray users, including traditional radiography and CR systems.
DR users will continue to collect maximum reimbursements for using the latest imaging systems.
10. Do I still need Radiation Protection with a DR exam?
Yes. While the radiation in DR is better concentrated and less erratic than in previous systems, you must still take ample precautions to ensure patient safety.
At All Star X-ray, we provide our clients with the highest quality and most innovative DR equipment available. We are here help you decide which DR machine is best suited to your needs. Reach out to us today to learn more about our DR x-rays and what’s right for your practice.