Cameras General Radiography

Integration vs. Bridging digital images

Integration: If the images are integrated as part of the digital patient record that usually means that the image management application is made by the same company as the charting application. The images can be seen within the chart application. The images and chart data share a common data base.

Bridging: Bridging is usually done in order to link applications made by different companies. The images are not visible as part of the chart but can be accessed with a single click.

Integration and bridging are technically different but both work well and provide the user with a similar experience. Dentists should avoid using a stand alone image management system that is not linked to the patient record. A stand alone system will be much harder to use, take more time and is more prone to error or lost images.