CR is the abbreviation for Computed Radiography. It is the use of a Phosphor Imaging Plate to create a digital image that is the CR process. CR uses a cassette-based system like analogue film. As the CR is an older technology, it is right to say that it is cost effective as well. However, this technology needs a lot of assistance in order to proceed a diagnostic image properly.
Digital Radiography, DR in the short term is the latest technology in radiography. The DR technology transfer automatically the images to a computer. So you can quickly evaluate and propose a diagnosis. As it is a recent advancement, it is, of course, slightly expensive compared to Computed Radiography but with a lot of advantages.
To facilitate the analysis of the differences and the pros and cons of both technologies we have made a simple guide who we hope will help you comprehend the difference between both systems and give you a clearer idea of what would be ideal for your clinic.
|Cheap initial cost||Less time consuming|
|Effective for small and big clinic||High quality image|
|Compatible for a wide range of system||No CR reader, less real estate required|
|CR “plates” are more flexible||20% less radiation dose|
|CR also comes in a size “4”||Quick change from one sensor to another|
|Fast image acquisition|
|High volume capacity|
|Can be mobile*|
|Fast access to a diagnostic, better for the patient|
|Direct USB connector enables fast image transfer|
|Long time to see the diagnostic image||Rigid sensor|
|Increase exposure techniques||Initials cost are more expensive|
|Move parts for reader|
|CR cassettes susceptible to scratches and tears|
|Longer time for full mouth series|
*Not available in the following provinces: ONTARIO
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