Film digitization has not been widely pursued in clinical settings mainly because of perceived limitations involving film latitude and image quality. However, a high-quality laser digitizer can be combined with wide-latitude film and specially developed digital processing techniques to achieve image quality comparable or superior to that of storage phosphor computed radiography (SPR) over a wide range of exposure. This film digitization system provides the operational advantages of digital radiography, such as consistent image density, high-quality inexpensive duplicates, and digital storage and retrieval capability. The reliability and monetary costs of the system also compare favorably with those of SPR. In the long term, technologies that employ reusable plates and do not require chemical processing to produce diagnostic images may well replace screen-film systems. Presently, however, film digitization remains a practical and cost-effective approach to digital radiography.