We just installed a new digital panoramic x-ray machine. Not something that most people would get too excited about? The major benefit is that it reduces radiation to the patient by more than 50% when compared to older conventional x-ray machines. The image quality as also improved dramatically. We can see so much more on the new digital x-rays than we ever could on conventional film. When we take a digital x-ray now, it pops up instantly on the computer screen. We can also manipulate the image by changing contrast and brightness to better see what is there. Our ability to diagnose problems with improved accuracy is profound.