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Conventional Radiography

Concept and Foundation

Conventional radiography is an imaging technique that uses x-rays to visualize structures inside the body. It is based on the property of X-rays to pass through tissues of different density and be captured on a detector or film, thus creating an image.

History and Evolution

  • Origin:Discovered by Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895, radiography marked the beginning of medical imaging.

  • Evolution: It has advanced from film plates to digital systems, improving image quality and reducing radiation exposure.

Physical Principles

  • X-ray Generation:They are produced by bombarding a metallic target with high-energy electrons in an X-ray tube.

  • Interaction with Tissues:X-rays are absorbed or attenuated by tissues to different degrees, depending on their density and composition.

Equipment and Technology

  • X-ray tube: The main component that generates X-rays.

  • Image Stop System:Includes both traditional film and digital detectors.

  • Radiological Protection: Leads and barriers to protect both patient and operator from unnecessary radiation.

Techniques and Procedures

  • Patient Positioning:Essential to obtain the proper view of the area of interest.

  • Parameter Selection: Adjusting factors such as exposure time, current and voltage to optimize image quality and minimize radiation dose.

Clinical Applications

  • Diagnosis of Fractures and Bone Injuries:Essential in orthopedics and traumatology.

  • Detection of Pulmonary and Thoracic Diseases: Such as pneumonia, pleural effusions and heart diseases.

  • Evaluation of Systems such as the Digestive: Detecting obstructions, perforations or gastrointestinal diseases.

Recent Advances and Developments

  • Digital Radiography:Improves image quality and allows manipulations such as brightness and contrast adjustment.

  • Radiation Dose Reduction:Technological advances allow high-quality images to be obtained with less exposure to radiation.

Challenges and Considerations 

  • Accurate Interpretation:Requires experience and detailed knowledge of anatomy and pathology.

  • Radiation Management:Continue to improve radiation protection and education about radiation risks.


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