Three Levels of Digital Radiography Software

by Larry Emmott on July 17, 2008

in Radiography,Software

Basic digital radiography software should provide the following:
*An electronic storage system to capture, store retrieve and display the image.
*Basic enhancement tools including brightness, contrast and zoom.

Good digital radiography software should provide the following:
*Interoperability, the ability to capture images from multiple sensors.
*Integration or bridging with the patient’s electronic record.
*DICOM (Digital Image Communication in Medicine) conformance.
*ease of use. It should be simple to apply each enhancement tool and see the results, return to the original and move from one image to another with minimal mouse commands.

Advanced diagnostic digital radiography software should provide the following:
*Pre-set ideal viewing settings for different tissues such as soft tissue, tooth, bone or enamel. Users can manipulate an image to attempt to enhance each tissue but superior software will have it built in.
*Enhancement tools that concentrate on diagnostics. For example a caries locator or calculus enhancer.
*Ease of use. It should be easy (one click) to transfer between viewing modes and to apply multiple diagnostic tools to each image.

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