ADA Updates Imaging Safety Guidance

Posted: February 26, 2024
Edited by Dentaltown staff

CHICAGO—The American Dental Association no longer recommends the use of lead abdominal aprons or thyroid collars on patients during radiographic exams.

After reviewing nearly 100 articles, guidance documents and regulations related to radiography, an expert panel established by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, determined thyroid and abdominal shielding during dental imaging is no longer recommended, and the use of these forms of protective shielding should be discontinued as routine practice.

Evidence indicates modern digital radiography equipment and restricting the beam size only to the area that needs to be imaged better protect patients against radiation exposure to other parts of their body.

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