4 Tips for Finding Digital Radiography Technology at the Right Price
In the ever-changing climate of healthcare, the technology front is perhaps changing the most quickly. This most certainly applies to x-ray imaging. The images provided by traditional x-ray film pale in comparison to those produced by digital. If your practice still operates with conventional computed radiography (CR) technology, it’s time to consider a change to ensure the most accurate patient care.
The cost to convert to a digital x-ray system can vary, depending on your specific needs. The best thing you can do is talk with an expert – someone who is interested in helping you find the right solution for your practice, not just selling you something. But, before you do, here are a few things to consider:
1) Assess needs
Take inventory of your current x-ray machines. Examine them thoroughly, and have them inspected by a manufacturer or qualified engineer, if possible. If systems are fading in quality and performance, it may be time to consider newer installments. Even if the technology is still working at acceptable standards, consider the advantages of digital radiography:
It eliminates physical paperwork and film, along with the chemicals required for traditional methods.
Radioactivity is significantly decreased.
Digital imaging is a choice for more efficient methods and technology that’s compatible with your practice’s ePHI (Electronic Protected Health Information) systems.
2) Analyze patient volume
For medium-sized or larger and growing practices or hospitals, digital imaging is unequivocally the best choice. All patient images are organized and easily accessed, and, when backed up properly, the data is protected from malware and ransomware. Plus, digital images can be easily securely transmitted to the appropriate specialists and physicians.
3) Consider workflow
In a medical office or hospital, time truly is of the essence. How much time is spent waiting for x-ray film to develop, or even preparing a patient for the cumbersome process of an x-ray? It is important to think about how much of that time could be allocated to direct patient care. Digital imaging is fast and efficient.
4) Plan ahead
As your practice grows, will your current technology be able to sustain the patient load? It is better to prepare for future growth and opportunity, with a reliable system that continues to surpass conventional methods.
How does all this relate to the price of digital radiography?
The key here is to consider these points above so you know what will work best for your particular situation. As we said earlier, the investment in digital radiography can vary quite a bit, depending on your needs; so evaluating your options and talking with an expert is your best bet. Give us a call to start a conversation. Or download the free checklist “17 Questions to Ask About Digital X-Ray Technology.”
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