With digital radiographs, x-ray film is replaced with a flat electronic pad or phosphor plate sensor. The X-rays hit the pad the same way they hit the film. But instead of developing the film in a dark room, the image is scanned to a computer where the image appears on the screen. The image can then be stored on the computer, printed out, or e-mailed. One of the great advantages of this process is that digital x-rays can be taken with much less radiation than conventional x-rays. The images can be manipulated in many ways to improve the image. Sometimes the x-ray images are lightened. darkened, inverted, colorized, magnified, or brightened, all to enhance the diagnostic ability of the x-rays.