Friday, November 26, 2010

Radiation Worries for Children in Dentists’ Chairs

A scathing article on CBVT and dental radiography in general. 

Read the article in the NY Times.

A statement reiterating the ADA's guidance on the use of CBCT and other radiological devices can be found here.
If member dentists should ask about this story - or want to know how they should talk about this issue with patients -- we've prepared some talking points that you should feel free to pass along, at this link.

ADA positions hold that dentists should apply the ALARA principle (As Low as Reasonably Achievable) to reduce radiation exposure to their patients by: determining the need for and type of radiographs to take; using "best practices" during imaging, including the application of quality control procedures; and, interpreting the images completely and accurately.
"Dentists should weigh the benefits of dental radiographs against the consequences of increasing a patient's exposure to radiation, the effects of which accumulate from multiple sources over time," according to the ADA's Council on Scientific Affairs report, "The Use of Dental Radiographs: Update and recommendations.

CLICK HERE for a response from Imaging Sciences International (i-CAT).

CLICK HERE for a response from Carestream Dental.

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