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Dental Hygiene

I Am a Dental Assistant

11/04/2009

Question:

I am a dental assistant, but now i am 8 weeks pragnent it is safe to take dental xray to the patients

Answer:

Operation protection guidelines are the same for pregnant and non-pregnant radiographers. No extra precautions are necessary for pregnant dental radiographers. The dental radiographer must avoid the primary beam of radiation. If a wall is not provided to stand behind, then the radiographer must stand at least 6 feet away from the x-ray tubehead and at a 90 - 135 degree angle of the primary beam during x-ray exposure.

A personnel-monitoring device known as a film badge can be obtained from a film badge service company. The company evaluates the badge for exposure and then provides the dental office with an exposure report for each radiographer.

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Response by:

Constance R Kuntupis, RDH, MA Constance R Kuntupis, RDH, MA
Clinical Associate Professor of Dental Radiology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University