News

Open Wide - The Official Blog of The Chicago Dental Society

Permanent link  Dental student's posters helps patients understand dental X-rays

01/14/2013

Connecticut dental student Jevin Carruth knows that an increasing number of patients are questioning the safety of dental x-rays. His challenge, however, was to find a simple answer that would put patients at ease.

He sought information from sources like the American Nuclear Society to show the amount of radiation given off by dental X-rays compared to other common sources of radiation, such as a cross-country flight. He added visual elements to illustrate complicated scientific principles for common use, and he laminated it for repeated reference in the dental office. His poster, "Radiation Facts" compares dental X-rays to sunlight, breathing, and a full-body CT scan.

 Xraychart

Today, Mr. Carruth is selling this illustration to clinicians the country. Posters and handouts are available in three colors for purchase in packages ranging from $15-$100, with 10 percent of sales to CDS members benefitting the Illinois Mission of Mercy. 

For more information contact Mr. Carruth, UCONN School of Dental Medicine Class of 2015, at JCARRUTH@student.uchc.edu.

Remind him that you learned about it from CDS, so that the Illinois Mission of Mercy benefits from your purchase.

 

Categories

consumer products , dental education , patient , products , xrays ,


Permanent link  American Dental Association Updates Dental X-Ray Recommendations

12/07/2012

In an effort to decrease radiation exposure to patients, the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs collaborated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to update the ADA’s recommendations for dental X-ray examinations. The recommendations were released recently.

Changes to the recommendations include: 

  • Updates to patient shielding recommendations
  • Addition of a new section on limiting radiation exposure during radiographic examinations 
  • Including new topics such as receptor selection, handheld X-ray units, technique charts and radiation risk communication . 

The ADA’s Dental Radiograph Examinations: Recommendations for Patient Selection and Limiting Radiation Exposure are intended to be used in conjunction with dentists’ professional judgment to determine whether and when dental X-rays are needed. 

“As doctors of oral health, dentists are in the best position to make decisions on whether to prescribe dental X-rays after an oral examination and with consideration of the patient’s health history. Prescribing dental X-rays should be an individualized process,” said ADA President Robert A. Faiella. Since 1989, the ADA has recommended the ALARA principle in relation to dental X-rays—that radiation exposure to patients is “as low as reasonably achievable.”

The ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) consulted with dental radiology experts about a year ago to update the recommendations. The CSA then sent the recommendations for peer review and for review by non-dental organizations such as the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.  The recommendations are intended to serve as a resource for dentists and are not intended to be standards of care, requirements or regulations.

Categories

ada , xrays ,


Permanent link  American Dental Association Updates Dental X-Ray Recommendations

12/07/2012

In an effort to decrease radiation exposure to patients, the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs collaborated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to update the ADA’s recommendations for dental X-ray examinations. The recommendations were released recently.

Changes to the recommendations include: 

  • Updates to patient shielding recommendations
  • Addition of a new section on limiting radiation exposure during radiographic examinations 
  • Including new topics such as receptor selection, handheld X-ray units, technique charts and radiation risk communication . 

The ADA’s Dental Radiograph Examinations: Recommendations for Patient Selection and Limiting Radiation Exposure are intended to be used in conjunction with dentists’ professional judgment to determine whether and when dental X-rays are needed. 

“As doctors of oral health, dentists are in the best position to make decisions on whether to prescribe dental X-rays after an oral examination and with consideration of the patient’s health history. Prescribing dental X-rays should be an individualized process,” said ADA President Robert A. Faiella. Since 1989, the ADA has recommended the ALARA principle in relation to dental X-rays—that radiation exposure to patients is “as low as reasonably achievable.”

The ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) consulted with dental radiology experts about a year ago to update the recommendations. The CSA then sent the recommendations for peer review and for review by non-dental organizations such as the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.  The recommendations are intended to serve as a resource for dentists and are not intended to be standards of care, requirements or regulations.

Categories

ada , xrays ,


Permanent link  3D Imaging on Wheels

02/24/2011


We were intrigued by this big van in the middle of the exhibit floor.

Turns out, its a mobile imaging unit that provides 3D scans for treatment planning, owned and operated by Deborah Vessell. She tells us about the service and how it helps dentists.




Categories

xrays , products , midwinter meeting 2011 ,