Image Gently During Dental Procedures

One size does not fit all...

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):


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.

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,
    University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY and the Executive Committee of the AAOMR
  • Professor Keith Horner BChD, MSc, PhD, Odont Dr (hc), FDSRCPSGlasg, FRCR, DDR,
    School of Dentistry, Manchester, UK