Dr. Harris, I heard that the dental radiograph recommendations have been updated. Do you have the updates?
We did find this article on the ADA website that reviews the updated recommendations. The article states:
“We are encouraging dentists to look at the issue of selecting radiographic examinations for their patients on an individual basis, not as a one-size-fits-all,” said Dr. Sharon Brooks, professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, who worked as a consultant with the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs to develop the new set of recommendations. “The guidelines are to help them make the decisions on the appropriate use.”
• Removing a stronger recommendation for thyroid collar use for children, women of childbearing age and pregnant women. The strength of the recommendation is now the same for all patients.
• A new section that was not in the 2004 document, which expands upon the 2006 CSA report, “The Use of Dental Radiographs: Update and Recommendations.”
• New topics that were not covered in the 2006 CSA report such as receptor selection, handheld X-ray units, technique charts and radiation risk communication.
• Changing the recommendation for shielding to be consistent with the National Council on Radiation Protection & Measurements
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