For some unidentified reason, my wife and I have gotten hooked on all those real estate reality shows on HGTV. One of these shows, "Property Virgins," features first-time homebuyers trying to decide if they want to own a home and, if so, what they should buy. Watching this show feels a bit familiar to me because a few short months ago you could have called me a Digital X-Ray Virgin.
For the last 13 years, I have shared a 12-operatory building and an old x-ray processor with two other Digital X-Ray Virgins. We all thought we were doing pretty well with our film and our chemicals and our temperamental x-ray processor. I am now happy to report that my partners and I made our decision and we are now immensely enjoying the wonderful world of digital imaging.
So why did I wait so long to go digital with my x-rays? I’ve asked myself this question many times, because I have enjoyed this technology so much since adding it to my practice last August.
But as I think about it, I had several reasons that kept me from pulling the plug on my old x-ray processor. Some of the major concerns were:
- The sensors I had tried didn’t seem to be as diagnostic as film and I figured I would just wait for the technology to improve;
- I also was hoping costs would come down over time; and
- I was concerned I would need better computers with more data storage, and additional monitors, which would mean an even larger price to implement digital x-rays.
- My patients, who were used to film x-rays, might not like those bulky sensors.
Another roadblock was that my aforementioned partners—with whom I shared a darkroom and x-ray film processor—weren’t ready to make the move yet either. The list seemed to go on and on.
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