The Digital Motion X-Ray is the best diagnostic imaging tool to objectively demonstrate ligament instability, soft tissue injuries and intersegmental joint disfunction.
History of Video Flouroscopy
When people first hear about digital motion x-rays (DMX), many of them are reminded of video fluoroscopy procedures that they or a family member might have undergone in the past. Indeed, there are many similarities between the two methods of diagnosis, as DMX evolved over time from video fluoroscopy technology.
Fluoroscopy was invented by Thomas Edison in 1896, just one year after Wilhelm Roentgen discovered x-rays. In searching for practical ways to use x-rays, Edison developed the first medical fluoro screen. Like many other concepts pioneered by this peerless scientist, fluoroscopy was a revolutionary development that permanently altered the course of medical science. John Coltman created the image amplifier in the late 1940s, which today is known as the image intensifier.
For the first time, doctors were able to glimpse inside the human body without having to use dangerous invasive procedures. They quickly learned to harness this new technology to examine teeth and broken bones; however, it was not until the latter part of the 20 th century that the video recording element was introduced to fluoroscopy.
Fluoroscopy in its original form required doctors to assess a patient’s medical situation by looking at the screen upon which a single fluoroscopic image was projected. With the advent of video fluoroscopy, the patient could spend significantly less time being x-rayed, and the results could be viewed from a remote location.
The next major development in video fluoroscopy occurred when physicians began using the technology to monitor gastrointestinal (organ movement) and fertility health. These and other new applications for video fluoroscopy were made possible by refinements in such elements as resolution, speed, and safety. As a result, a growing number of patients were able to benefit from video fluoroscopy, including those with speech impediments and Parkinson’s disease.
Born From Video Fluoroscopy – Digital Motion X-Ray (DMX)
In 1995, the concepts behind video fluoroscopy were used as the foundation of a completely new kind of kinetic imaging known as digital motion x-ray (DMX). As with video fluoroscopy, the equipment available from the Palm Harbor-based company allows doctors and insurance companies to witness real-time motion of patient’s skeletal system. However, there are considerable technological differences between DMX and other video fluoroscopy techniques.. DMX exposes patients to far lower radiation levels than traditional video fluoroscopy. Also, due to the progress made in computer imaging over the last decade, DMX images are far clearer and more detailed.
Digital motion x-ray is the latest development in a venerable history of medical imaging breakthroughs that have included Roentgen’s x-rays, Colton’s image amplifier, and Edison’s pre- fluoroscopy technology.