These are changes that will take place in both the technology and in radiographers' professional roles. Both kinds of changes are discussed below.
Possible Changes/Expansions in Technology
Bragg, Murray and Tripp (1997) state that the new millennium could see increased use of computer radiography. According to the authors, the film quality is superb, and the learning curve for radiologists to adapt to the added noise from anatomic structures on radiographs is short.
The inherent film latitude and flexibility is also said to add a new dimension to interpretation and film management. However, one problem that may limit the use of computer radiography is costs which are significantly greater than for traditional film-screen systems.
Another problem that may have to be resolved before computer radiography is really ready for the new millennium is networking. The manipulation and transfer of images without loss of data is difficult resulting in unique image artifacts and the need for new parameters to judge the quality of an image. Another problem area, according to Bragg, Murray and Tripp (1997) will be radiation dose as often certain examinations using computer radiography actually require more radiation exposure than traditional film-screen techniques.
With respect to costs, Seeger (1998) reports that an area in which radiography is going to see many changes is in the availability of systems for direct digital radiography which