December 28, 2012
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The ADA, in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration, recently released a report titled “Dental Radiographic Examinations: Recommendations for Patient Selection and Limiting Radiation Exposure”. The updates to the report are the first since 2004. The newly released recommendations are meant to serve as an adjunct to the dentist's professional judgment of how to best use diagnostic imaging. The dentist, knowing the patient's health history and vulnerability to oral disease, is in the best position to make this judgment. For this reason, the recommendations are intended to serve as a resource for the practitioner and are not intended to be standards of care, nor requirements or regulations. Additional information can be found on the Radiology page of, and in a recent ADA News article that highlights other important aspects from the report.