Working Knowledge: Better Exposure; December 2005; Scientific American Magazine; by Mark Fischetti; 2 Page(s)
Hospitals are flush with digital MRI and CT scanners, yet the granddaddies--x-ray machines--are still largely analog. Digital x-ray units are finally making inroads, however, and like digital cameras they are poised to replace century-old film technology.
Several imaging methods have arisen. All work with a conventional x-ray generator, but rather than exposing film that must be developed with chemicals in a darkroom, the receivers create a digital image that is displayed on a screen. So-called direct and indirect approaches create an instant readout. The stimulable method traps x-rays in a portable cassette that is inserted into a separate reader.