Medical Imaging Resources

Mobile X-Ray Systems: Pros, Cons, and Costs

Jennifer Hutchison

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Choosing an x-ray system can be a complicated decision with many types of x-rays and x-ray systems to choose from. You might not think of mobile x-ray systems as a major purchase for your practice, but they can make all the difference in terms of portability and space saving. Whether you are just starting out or have been practicing for decades, we'll explore mobile x-ray systems to help you decide if it's time to invest in this technology.

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CDR Straight-Arm X-Ray: A Low Profile Solution

Jennifer Hutchison

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The CDR straight-arm x-ray system is a new advanced system that was released in 2021, designed specifically for chiropractic care. This system is smaller and more compact than the traditional straight-arm, which makes it ideal for chiropractors with limited space. The CDR comes with many features and few downsides, so if you are looking for an easy to use system that will fit virtually anywhere then this just might be your solution!

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17 X 17 TETHERED DR PANEL INSTALL GUIDE

Matt Parker

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This article will cover how to install a 14 x 17 DR panel into a Chiropractic X-ray room. 

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Why X-Ray Imaging is Crucial for Chiropractors

Jennifer Hutchison

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It's crucial for chiropractors to utilize the suite of tools available to them to provide their patients with the best treatment. Chiropractors are trained in radiology and radiography as part of their education and radiographic imaging (x-ray) is an essential part of diagnosis and treatment of spine and postural issues. X-ray can be used by chiropractors either in a chiropractic office or through referral and helps eliminate guesswork by allowing chiropractors to understand the true alignment of the spine and plan treatment accordingly.

A range of different pains, functional impairments and muscle weaknesses can be alleviated with chiropractic realignment of the spine. These impairments may be due to stresses and strains on the various components of the spine including bones, muscles, ligaments, and discs.

Contemporary chiropractic approaches to spinal rehabilitation that use x-ray imaging have demonstrated superiority over other treatments. Alternate diagnostic methods are often indirect and don’t reveal the true source of the patient’s pain or discomfort. This could result in misdiagnosis, inappropriate treatment and a detrimental outcome for the patient.

Radiography reveals the true condition of the spine and has the ability to show chiropractors exactly what is happening inside the body in terms of skeletal structure and alignment. This remarkable imaging technique provides guidance to the chiropractor for how to manually manipulate the skeletal components. Not only does x-ray provide detailed images of the skeletal system, it can also show the presence of scar tissue or arthritis. Both of these conditions require consideration when developing a treatment plan.

Chiropractors can use x-ray for a range of purposes including:

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Benefits of a Cloud-based PACS Solution for Chiropractors

Jennifer Hutchison

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The rapid advancement of digital technology has impacted all of our lives in some way, and it’s no different in a chiropractic setting. The development of technologies including Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) has helped transform how healthcare organizations operate.

PACS has proven itself to be a crucial tool for chiropractors, radiologists, and physicians alike, by allowing them to quickly and easily share digital diagnostic images. Along with being an invaluable technology in it’s own right, PACS is now evolving to be a cloud-based solution. This shift to cloud-based systems provides chiropractors with a wide range of benefits, some of which we’ve outlined below.

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Buying New vs. Used Digital X-ray Machines

Jennifer Hutchison

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There is a lot of debate in the chiropractic world about buying new vs. used digital x-ray machines. Many chiropractors will search for used digital x-ray systems as a way to minimize the cost of going digital. For some, this can be a great cost saving exercise and work out in their favor. However, many others end up having buyers remorse with buying used digital x-ray machines or just used x-ray machines in general, as it's a gamble and there are no guarantees. In this blog post, we'll look at some things to consider before deciding which way to go with your purchase.

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Should I Install a New X-Ray Room or Retrofit an Existing One?

Jennifer Hutchison

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The decision to install a new x-ray room or retrofit an existing one can be difficult. There are many variables that go into the decision, and it's not always clear which is the best option for your facility. In this blog post, we will explore the pros and cons of installing a new x-ray room so you can make an informed choice about what to do with your facilities.
The first question in your journey to find the right product is to understand which product you will need for your practice. There are two different options that most chiropractors can choose from.

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Digital X-Rays in The United States

Jennifer Hutchison

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Over the years, digital x-ray technology has evolved from being just an idea to what is now considered as one of the most popular ways for doctors and chiropractors to take x-rays. Technological advancements in the x-ray industry allows for instant storage and access of their digital health records.

Digital X-Rays have become an excellent option for many practicing chiropractors in the United States, as they are able to provide improved quality of care, save time and money by eliminating costly film procedures, and improve back office efficiency through digital submission capabilities. Now with digital imaging and cloud-based PACS solutions, chiropractors are able to view their patient’s information from anywhere at any time.

Digital Radiography (DR) is the most common form of digital x-rays and has been used by chiropractors across the United States since 2003. This type of system can take either single or multiple images at once so it’s perfect for when your patient needs an exam from head to toe. Digital radiography offers high resolution images that are very easy to read and interpret. It also allows chiropractors to see digital images in real time, which is great for determining the severity and location of a patient’s injuries.

Digital x-rays have made many advancements over the years. The digital radiography systems available now are much faster, with less required dose of radiation and quicker download speeds. This is key for chiropractors who need to treat multiple patients at once as they no longer have to worry about waiting on images.

With digital x-ray machines in chiropractic offices across America, it has become easier for chiropractors to see spine alignment, making spinal adjustments or manipulations much less invasive than in years past.

Digital x-rays also offer more clarity in the details which makes finding small injuries easier than ever before. Additional features of digital radiography include automatic image cropping, automatic setting detection and compensation, and digital zoom. Along with digital image stitching that allows multiple exposures to be combined into one high resolution image, these options make interpreting films easy no matter what type of injury your patient might be experiencing.

While digital x-rays have many benefits, they aren’t without their faults. Digital images are digital files, and digital files can be corrupted or damaged just like any other file on your computer. Digital x-rays are also much less sensitive than standard radiographs so when looking at old injuries that were healed over time you will need more than one image shot from different angles to help diagnose the injury and prepare a treatment plan.

However, the future holds even more advancements for digital x-rays that will improve patient experience beyond our current experiences. These technologies could significantly enhance diagnostic accuracy and reduce duplicate x-ray images. Which is why it’s so important for chiropractors to stay on top of this new technology by taking advanced courses in digital imaging offered through professional organizations. In doing so they can help ensure that their patients are getting accurate diagnoses quickly and effectively.

You might be wondering: What is the future of digital x-rays? Well, we're happy to say that there are a lot more advancements coming our way for digital x-ray machines in both doctors offices (or chiropractor) and at hospitals throughout America. This means even better technology will come out soon enough!

If you want to know more about how digital x-rays can help your practice, or if you want to look at digital x-ray product options, get in touch with us today.

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17 x 17 Tethered DR panel Install Guide

Matt Parker

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Installation Guide for the 17 x 17 Tethered DR Panel, Dell Computer, and Monitor

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