The DuoView system permits large survey x-rays and high resolution images from the same equipment, eliminating the need for two different x-ray detectors. This reduces both the equipment cost as well as the x-ray cost, and produces an x-ray picture with spatial resolution. The system has the ability to capture an image from the standard 14 inch by 17 inch radiographic plate as well as to zoom in to a 7 inch by 7 inch area in the center of the typical radiographic plate, thereby dedicating all of the CCD pixels to an image area one quarter the size of the traditional plate. This increases the crispness and resolution of the image.