Computed radiography (CR) is virtually the same as an X-ray. CRs, like X-rays, are excellent for evaluating problems of bones, the chest and the abdomen. We chose CR because of its versatility and because medical records are now kept electronically. CR is an electronic method of making X-rays.
CR uses an X-ray tube to make projection image, just like regular X-rays. The only difference is that an X-ray is exposed on a sheet of film, so it is a unique and singular item. If it’s damaged or lost it’s gone forever. CR is exposed on a special plate that is read by an electronic reader, so the image exists purely in electronic (digital) form. We keep them in our computer, but we can also put them on a CD that you or your doctor can have, or send them electronically to other locations.
CR is useful to understand a vast number of conditions including:
The first X-rays were produced in 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, a German engineer and physicist, an achievement for which he received the first Nobel Prize in Physics, in 1901.
The very first X-ray image was of his wife Anna Bertha’s hand.
Interestingly, Roentgen had relatives in Iowa and at one time intended to emigrate to the United States. Those plans, however, were sidetracked by World War I.