Washed out image

Image is too light; washed out; very little detail.

Possible causes:

  • Exposure:
    • X ray beam energy level (mAs setting) is too low and not producing enough x-rays to properly expose film.
    • lntraoral packet irradiated backwards.
    • Low-contrast film.
  • Processing:
    • Processing time in developer is too brief.
    • Processing temperature of developer is too low.
    • Chemicals are old or exhausted.
    • Working solutions have not been replenished.