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Image Gently® Campaign Urges Dental Professionals to “Child-Size” Radiation Dose

Author: ADAA ADAA/Tuesday, December 2, 2014/Categories: 24/7 Articles

Chicago (October, 2014) —The American Dental Assistants Association is joining the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging to help protect children from adult size radiation doses through the Image Gently Campaign.

The Image Gently campaign has developed online educational and scientific materials to help dental professionals optimize radiation dose used in imaging exams performed on children. Image Gently has also produced downloadable materials to help parents ask more informed questions of their dental providers whenever scans are recommended for their children.

Dental assistants are responsible for obtaining a vast majority of the diagnostic data required by dentists and are the primary dental radiographers for the dental practice," said Kimberly G. Bland, CDA, EFDA, M.Ed., President of the American Dental Assistants Association. "To assure the highest level of patient care, it is especially important for all dental assistants, as well as all other members of the clinical dental team, to assure competency in pediatric radiation dosing by following established patient selection criteria and all ALARA principles* The American Dental Assistants Association is proud share in the responsibility for quality oral health care delivery to all by supporting the Image Gently Campaign of the Alliance in Radiation Safety for Pediatric Imaging."

*ALARA is the acronym used by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission meaning “As Low As (is) Reasonably Achievable”

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