Image Gently/the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging is now reaching out to the Dental Community with a new campaign message:
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Along with dental professionals who wish to optimize the radiation dose used in dental imaging exams performed on children, the campaign message is simple: When performing dental exams on children:
• Select X-rays for individual needs, not as a routine. Use X-rays only when essential for diagnosis and treatment — based on a review of the patient and their dental history.
• Use the fastest image receptor available. When film X-ray is used, select “E”- or “F”-speed. Set exposure parameters as low as possible for diagnostic digital imaging.
• Use cone-beam CT (CBCT) only when necessary. CBCT should be restricted in children to cases in which it is essential for diagnosis and treatment planning.
• Collimate beam to area of interest. For intraoral X-rays, collimation should be rectangular to match recording area of detector. For extraoral X-rays, including cone-beam CT, restrict beam to the area needed for diagnosis.
• Always use thyroid shield. The thyroid gland in children is particularly sensitive to radiation. Use of a properly positioned shield significantly reduces the dose to the thyroid.
• Child-size the exposure time. Less exposure time needed for children as oral structures are smaller than in adults.
Share this message with your friends and colleagues in the dental community (and with your dentist!).
The Image Gently Web site (www.imagegently.org) always contains the latest research and educational materials to help imaging providers determine the appropriate radiation techniques to use in the imaging of children, as well as helpful protocols for you to follow at your facility.