ORTHODONTIC CONSIDERATIONS: SIDE EFFECTS 8:00am-8:15am Image Gently Campaign in Dentistry: Promotion of Responsible Use of Ionizing Radiation for Children

Abstract

Image Gently Campaign is joined by over 80 healthcare organizations. Initiated in September 2014, the Image Gently Campaign in Dentistry is an education and awareness initiative focusing on radiation safety in pediatric maxillofacial radiology. Children are susceptible to the effects of ionizing radiation because of their long life expectancy and increased radiosensitivity of their developing organs. Since they comprise a large portion of orthodontic patients, it is important to use ionizing radiation appropriately and safely. There are six steps that orthodontists can employ to integrate the principles of Image Gently Campaign in Dentistry into their practices: 1) Select x-rays for a patient’s individual needs, not as a routine, 2) Use the fastest image receptor possible, 3) Collimate the x-ray beam to expose only the area of interest, 4) Use thyroid collars, 5) Child-size the exposure, and 6) Use CBCT only when necessary. These steps will be described and examples will be presented.

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@inproceedings{Abdelkarim2015ORTHODONTICCS, title={ORTHODONTIC CONSIDERATIONS: SIDE EFFECTS 8:00am-8:15am Image Gently Campaign in Dentistry: Promotion of Responsible Use of Ionizing Radiation for Children}, author={Ahmad A Abdelkarim and Meenakshi Vishwanath and Dimitrios T Makedonas and Michail Mastoris Mastoris}, year={2015} }