If you are a medical professional, think back to when film imaging was the only means available for imaging diagnostics. Not only did you have to spend money on costly as well as toxic chemicals for developing the film as well as repurchasing all of the film that you consumed, but you also had to increase the budget in order to cover the costs of film image storage, retrieval and maintenance.

Today's hospitals and medical practices specializing in chiropractic, veterinary, radiology, urgent care, podiatry and veterinary medicine have had all of that cost eliminated through the use of DICOM digital imaging systems. A full digital imaging system, comprised of a CR or DR imager, a Dicom viewer, PACS system and server, has dramatically changed the ways that many medical professionals acquire, view, distribute and store their diagnostic images.

DICOM is the format platform upon which digital diagnostic imaging rests. This format was created for use in the the medical fields in order to give physicians and technicians the tools they needed to make digital imaging work in medicine. Today's digital imagers translate their raw data into properly formatted digital images that can then be read by all of the other digital imaging components making up the complete digital imaging suite, for full functionality as well as compatibility among different brands of equipment.

Dicom viewers play a large role in the modern diagnostic process. The dicom viewer is a software program that runs on a personal computer with a diagnostic monitor, enabling the enhancement of digital medical images. The software might be located on a local server, or even be web-based, allowing networked computers to access it.

These viewers allow you to take the digital images and see them in a variety of ways never before possible with film images. One big improvement over film imaging is that you can within seconds see the digital image that you just took, ensuring that it is of a high enough quality that it will be usable for diagnosis. This saves patients having to return for repeat imaging sessions.

The viewer also allows you to edit the image, another benefit over static film images. Digital images can be viewed through the use of pan or zoom, for example. 3-D images are also now possible, and volumetric reconstruction of the digital images in cross sections makes it possible to get entirely new takes on MRI or CT digital images.

With these improvements to how medical images are taken, hospitals and medical facilities now enjoy better function and lower cost for diagnostic imaging than ever before.

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Author's Bio: 

Jonathan Blocker is an avid business and travel writer. He has been traveling on commercial airlines and air charters for several years.