Recently, the American Dental Association revised its x-ray recommendations in an effort to limit patient exposure to radiation. In collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, guidelines were reviewed and updated accordingly and released this past December.
The ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) consulted with a number of dental radiology experts before sending the draft to be peer reviewed. The x-ray revisions were also reviewed by other organizations, such as the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors.
Published in a booklet available on their website at http://www.ada.org, this 27-page resource titled “Dental Radiograph Examinations: Recommendations for Patient Selection and Limiting Radiation Exposure,” is aimed at dental professionals, and is to be utilized along with their professional judgment as to the best application of diagnostic treatment for any given patient.