Digital Diagnostic Tools For The Veterinary Clinic
- Author Jonathan Blocker
- Published March 6, 2011
- Word count 420
The veterinarian, like any other medical doctor, relies on top-quality diagnostic tools in order to come to an accurate diagnosis for every patient. Because the veterinarian's patients cannot talk to him or her in words to describe where it hurts, the vet must especially rely on the full range of appropriate diagnostic tools available in order to figure out what is wrong. Many vets have come to rely on digital technology because of their convenience and cost effectiveness, and one of the most popular digital diagnostic tools for veterinarians is veterinary CR and veterinary DR digital imaging systems.
Veterinary CR systems help you to save time every time you use the system. Instead of taking film x-rays, which then have to be developed, you can get a nearly instant result by using DICOM viewing software and a medical-grade diagnostic monitor with a personal computer in order to see the digital medical images that you take. This helps you make sure your images are clear enough that your patient will not have to return for further imaging, a huge plus when you are working with animals who undergo stress when they are removed from their accustomed living areas.
When comparing veterinary DR to veterinary CR imaging systems, you will discover that both types of systems will save you on space in your office, because digital systems are available with very small footprints, thus taking up very little space in your radiology room. Your labor needs will also go down by using digital imaging systems, because you can send digital DICOM images directly to storage in a server, saving space and human labor, or can send images to consulting physicians via a secure internet connection on a local or wide area network, or on a virtual private one, which also helps to eliminate labor and mailing costs.
Veterinary DR imaging units do have a couple of advantages not found in CR systems, however. The DR units are currently capable of higher image resolution than CR can produce. DR also requires less radiation to acquire the diagnostic images than does CR. CR can be used to retrofit existing film x-ray equipment, and CR is less expensive than DR at the moment.
For more information about how DR and CR digital imaging systems can be used by veterinarians, you can consult with an online medical imaging distributor and systems integrator, who can answer your questions and give you help for specific types of system components that will best meet your specialized medical office needs.
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