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What Can The Digitisation of X-Rays Do For The NHS?

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Not a day goes by without the NHS being in the news from one 'crisis' to the next. Back in 2013, Jeremy Hunt stated that the NHS would be paperless by 2018 including the digitisation of x-rays so how exactly will that help?

X-Ray Scanning

X-Ray scanning is a fairly recent innovation so not a lot of people are aware of the benefits it can bring but let's just think about it for a moment. Society has been moving towards total digitisation for a long time now so it just makes sense to move medical processes in that direction too. The worst thing that could happen is for the NHS to be left in the stone age in terms of treating patients from this digital society especially when a simple change like scanning x-rays can bring all of these benefits and more...


X-ray scanning brings with it the ability to search and retrieve x-rays instantly in a digital system rather than wasting time looking for the physical version. This feature alone can transform radiology departments and even the working days of individual doctors and nurses who can get their tasks completed quicker. So, digital x-rays can speed up processes without risking the lives of patients which leads me onto the next benefit.

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Last year, patient waiting times on the NHS were described as 'a national disgrace' and since then, there has been a great deal of focus on how things can be improved. With digital x-rays, processes can be completed quicker meaning more patients can be seen in a shorter space of time so patients waiting for x-ray diagnosis will have shorter waiting times.

Off-Site Diagnosis

The flexibility of digital x-rays means that when a second opinion or diagnosis is needed from a specialist who is off-site, the digital file can be sent to them instantly. They won't need to waste time and money traveling to a specific location when the file can be accessed from any device. This ability for a quick diagnosis could also potentially save lives.


Aside from the boosts to efficiency and productivity, having x-rays scanned and converted to digital files will also help the NHS to free up some valuable and much needed space. Once the digital files have been created and backed up, there will no longer be a need to store the hundreds upon thousands of x-rays in patient records, on-site. This space can be better utilised in hospitals, GP surgeries and private healthcare organisations.

Image Quality

During the digitisation process, images can be scanned at very high resolution giving the image greater quality than the hard copy would have offered originally. This could enable healthcare professionals to notice and diagnose elements they would have missed on the original x-ray.

X-Ray Scanning Services

We can scan medical x-rays, dental x-rays, veterinary x-rays and MRI x-rays for healthcare organisations looking to reap the excellent benefits mentioned above. We have already completed a number of successful projects and we are always looking for more organisations we can help. X-rays ranging from 14"x17" right down to 44mm can be scanned and converted to any format you need including PDF, DICOM and JPG. We can even provide you with our specially designed image retrieval software, Halogen, if you don't already have a bulk document management system in place. So, if this sounds like the perfect solution for you, give us a call so we can discuss your requirements and provide you with a free, no obligation quote for your scanning project.

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