Image Gently During Dental Procedures

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When using radiography during pediatric dental procedures remember:

  • Children are more sensitive to radiation than adults.
  • What we do now lasts their lifetimes.

So when we image, let us image gently:  More is often not better.

For an overview of various types of imaging used in dentistry as well as a summary of Dental Radiology safety, please click here.


Guidelines for Making Dental Radiographs (X rays):


NEW! Parent Pamphlet 

Council on Radiation Protection Program Area Committee 4 - Presentation from March 9, 2014. Used with the permission of Dr. Joel Gray and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement.

Enhancing Radiation Protection During Pediatric Imaging, Allan G. Farman; Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine and, Oral Radiology , Vol. 117 No. 6, June 2014 (Access to this article provided by Elsevier as a courtesy to Image Gently.)   

The SedentexCT Guidelines 

Guidelines/statements on the use of dental Cone-beam CT

Cone-Beam Imaging

Cone-beam imaging is a form of advanced imaging that provides 3D views of the jaws. For children, cone-beam imaging is occasionally used for orthodontic evaluation. More information about cone-beam imaging may be found at:

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted an informational webpage on dental cone-beam computed tomography.  On this webpage, the FDA is promoting the safe use of cone-beam computed tomography in dentistry, particularly in the pediatric population. Recommendations to parents, patients and health care providers to help reduce unnecessary radiation exposure from dental cone-beam computed tomography are also provided on this web page.
  • Clinical recommendations regarding use of cone beam computed tomography in orthodontics. Position statement by the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • European Guidelines: Cone Beam CT for Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology (link to

The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR) is a member of the image gently alliance.  Please visit the AAOMR website at for more information on dental radiology.

With appreciation to:

  • Juan F. Yepes DDS, MD, MPH, FDS RCSEd, DrPH,  Indiana University, Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, IN and the Executive Committee of the AAOMR
  • Professor Keith Horner BChD, MSc, PhD, Odont Dr (hc), FDSRCPSGlasg, FRCR, DDR,
    School of Dentistry, Manchester, UK