Whether you are looking to purchase xray accessories, radiation protection products, pacs monitors, or you have only ever had an xray done to you, here are a few facts about the procedure and its history that you should know.
1. Radiographers, those who run diagnostic machines, now often do fluoroscopy, computed tomography, mammography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and magnetic resonance imaging as well as other xray accessories.
2. Did you know that radiographs were initially known as roentgenograms? The change may have been in the interest of having an easier word to pronounce.
3. Medical xrays are produced by letting a stream of fast electrons come to a sudden stop at a metal plate and then developing the resulting image on film or through the use of a computer.
4. PACS breaks down the physical and time barriers associated with traditional film based image retrieval, distribution, and display. This is because of the fact that they are computer based and remove the necessity of developing film so diagnosis can begin quite a bit faster than in the past.
5. The average Pacs workstation handles images from various medical imaging instruments. Some of these instruments include ultrasound US, magnetic resonance MR, positron emission tomography PET, computed tomography CT, endoscopy ES, mammograms MG, Digital radiography DR, computed radiography CR, and ophthalmology.