Digital Radiography in veterinary practice: CR and DR X-ray technology
Did you know there are different types of X-ray systems available for veterinary practice? Do you know which type is best for you?
Digital radiography plays a key role in veterinary practice, providing a diagnostic imaging tool to help aid diagnosis and treatment of a range of patients. There are different types of X-ray technology that can be used and you may have heard the following terms during your time in practice: CR and DR (or DDR) technology. But, do you know the difference between the different types of X-ray systems and the benefits that they bring? If not, we are here to help!
What is Digital Radiography/ X-ray?
Digital X-ray involves capturing X-ray exposures electronically and processing them into a digital signal that creates an X-ray image that can be displayed and viewed on a "viewing device" - normally a computer screen. This image can be created in different ways by using either a CR, CCD or DR X-ray system.
CR X-ray technology revolutionised veterinary radiography as practices moved away from traditional wet processing of images. CR X-ray systems required films within cassettes that would capture the X-ray exposures, which were then passed through a normally large processor to create the X-ray image on screen. The introduction of the latest innovation in X-ray technology , DR X-ray, provides even further benefits to busy veterinary practices through reducing the time required to take and process X-rays. With this type of radiography system , X-ray images appear almost instantly on screen, allowing you to take your next view quickly. Contributing to faster acquisition of complete X-ray sets, DR X-ray technology saves valuable time in practice and helps practices run more efficiently.
Want to know more? We have created a handy FREE guide to CR and DR X-ray technology for veterinary practice. This explains both CR and DR X-ray in more details and their benefits for veterinary practice.
Part of the IMV Technologies group, IMV imaging are leaders in veterinary imaging. Previously known as BCF Technology and ECM (Echo Control Medical), we have been committed to helping our customers improve animal care for over 35 years. As a vet, you never stop learning. Capturing and interpreting diagnostic images takes skill and confidence and to help with this we run over 100 training courses each year, with our radiographer and clinical team of vets also focused on developing free online learning materials. We also believe in supporting our local and veterinary communities.