IR(ME)R – Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations

Dentistry has used X-Rays for over 100 years to assist with diagnosis and treatment planning.  Radiation is extremely dangerous in large doses.  But when used in small doses, such as dental x-rays, the benefits far out way the risks.  Patients are often concerned about having an x-ray taken.  Therefore, reassurance may need to be provided stating that the low level of radiation, used for a fraction of a second, make x-rays an essential diagnostic tool. How X-rays work X-rays pass through the different structures of the tooth undetected.  The energy from the x-ray is absorbed at different rates depending on …

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