Your goal as a radiographer is to make sure that you give the most accurate diagnoses possible. One thing that can impact X-ray image quality that you may not even be thinking about is the presence of noise. X-rays have inherent noise, but outside interference can make this more difficult to understand. With this said, you do have some methods available to manage this.
Sometimes, it’s an issue of the design of the detector that you use. Many legacy systems either can’t or don’t account for inherent noise, and end up having more interference than modern, digital counterparts. If you see regular issues or obscuring of your X-rays, it may be time to consider an upgrade.
Modern machines are designed to absorb as many incident x-rays as they can, cutting down on the interference. Using Cesium Iodide (CsI) over alternatives can also help.
Scattered radiation can also be a culprit. This stems from X-rays generated from the patient as incident X-rays get absorbed. These manifest as a haze in your final image, and tend to happen more when you look at thicker parts of the body, like chest X-rays. Additions like anti-scatter grids are your best option.
Noise is something that doesn’t often get talked about when it comes to your X-ray image quality, but it can indeed have a major impact. Buying into digital radiography can help mitigate and lower noise, leading to better images overall. However, in order to reap those benefits in a way that still helps your business, you want to make sure you work with a skilled industry partner that can handle this problem. If you want a partner with proper experience and expertise, look into JPI Healthcare Solutions. We have a variety of options and accessories to help you make the transition.