Orthopedic Digital Radiography: Two Detectors or One?

When it comes to orthopedic digital radiography, you’re going to be taking and checking images on a far greater basis than a lot of other forms of radiography out there. This is largely due to the fact that every single step you take is going to be contingent on some form of musculoskeletal evaluation. With this in mind, some orthopedists may opt to invest in two detectors over just one in an attempt to deal with the higher volume. Is this the right choice for you? It will largely depend on the following factors.

First, you need to figure out whether or not you are making this decision based on a current need or an anticipated need. If you’re already dealing with workflow issues due to all the images you need to take, then you can feel pretty confident this investment is worth it. It still can be if you’re trying to plan for the future, you just need to be ready to leverage it when you install it.

Another consideration is how the second detector is going to interact with all your other equipment. If you’re buying two at a time, that’s fine. But if one is different than the other, is it going to be a case of the first one getting outdated quicker? Two different operating practices can get frustrating for your team as well.

The decision between two detectors or one for your orthopedic digital radiography is going to end up breaking down into a series of smaller questions. Do you have the budget and space to allow for both? Will the added patient processing power be enough to give you a return on investment? The last thing you want to do is buy or rent equipment you don’t really need, so when you’ve made your decision, it’s a good idea to get some additional opinions through a consultation with JPI Healthcare Solutions. We specialize in digital radiography flat panel detectors.

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