X-Ray Department

GE Proteus Digital X-Ray

Our new GE Proteus Digital X-ray system is not like the old systems of X-ray that uses film that has to be processed.

Digital (or computerized) imaging techniques came to x-ray in the 1980s when analog to digital (A/D) converters and computers were also adapted to conventional fluoroscopic image intensifier/TV systems. "Digital imaging" has lead to a similar improvement and renaissance in x-ray just as it has in home and professional audio, photography, and video.  Digital x-rays often look sharper and cleaner than the analog version. Many of the orthopedic procedures used by Orthopedic, Sports, Spine and Hand Center (including many other areas of medicine) have benefited greatly from the addition of digital x-ray technology.

Benefits of digital technology to all x-ray systems include:

  • Speed of results
  • Lower dosage x-rays can often be used to achieve the same high quality picture as with film
  • Digital x-ray images can be enhanced and manipulated with computers and sent via a network to other workstations and computer monitors so that many people can share the information and assist in the diagnosis.
  • Digital images can be archived onto compact optical disks or digital tape drives saving tremendously on storage space and manpower needed for a traditional x-ray film library
  • Digital images may be retrieved from an electronic archive for future reference