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 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 http://ec.europa.eu/energy/nuclear/radiation_protection/doc/publication/172.pdf)
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.