Infographic: 4 X-Ray Safety Tips
Both doctors and their patients have probably wondered about the safety of x-rays at least once. We've created an infographic that shows steps doctors can take to ensure the safety of their patients during the x-ray process.
Important Note: What the Research Says
According to the American College of Radiology, 4 bitewing x-rays expose a patient to approximately the same amount of radiation that patient receives from the sun and other sources each day.
A study conducted in 1995 in Sweden and the United States showed no link between thyroid cancer and the number of diagnostic x-rays, medical or dental, that patients received.
What Doctors Can Do
Doctors and their staff still have a responsibility to expose their patients to as little radiation from x-rays as possible. They can do this by:
- Following accepted guidelines for administering x-rays
- Ensuring patients use all available protective gear during x-rays whenever possible
- Reducing the x-ray beam to the smallest possible size for acquiring the necessary information
- Basing the decision on whether or not to take an x-ray on each individual patient’s needs
Safety Through Responsible Behavior
Overall, x-rays are safe and extremely useful for diagnosing the cause of patients’ discomfort. But staff who perform x-rays should be well-trained, and doctors should attempt to expose patients to as little radiation as possible.
Now that your mind is at ease about the safety of dental x-rays, learn how to deal with your patients' x-ray concerns.