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Lead apron

How many of you in a digital office are no longer using the lead apron and how did you explain this to your patients? Were they generally receptive?



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We have the new apron without lead and a optional separate thyroid collar. It makes patients feel warm and fuzzy and okay with the world. If the Dr. Oz’s of the world are still around you must still use it. What if in 10 years the new study said…..Remember when we said it was OK NOT to use the apron?…….what then?……warm and fuzzy…..warm and fuzzy….

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My office is digital and we still use a lead apron with a thyroid collar. Like mentioned before, we use it more because patients are so uneasy with radiographs, its almost not worth it to convince them otherwise! I actually found an article that supports not using an apron: http://www.dentalxp.com/xperts/69/The%20Lead%20Apron%20Dinasaur.pdf

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At my office we still use them, just for the patient comfort aspect, but we really don’t need them. You can stop using it, and patients start to ask tell them that it’s still available to them but there’s research that they don’t need it.

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We use them, we usually mention to patients that it has become almost unnecessary because of digital, but habits are hard to break when media has news on dental x-rays. If it makes the patients feel more safe then why not use it. I do believe in my state it is still required to use them.

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I was just having this conversation yesterday with a fellow student at my school. With all the advances we are making with digital radiography and the research to prove the safe exposure we still adhere to the 1950’s safety standards. It’s better to be safe than sorry but sometimes I feel its like prescribing antibiotics just to be safe. We still use the lead apron with our digital x-rays at school but I always like to educate my patients about the dose of radiation they are receiving.

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We ALWAYS use a lead apron with a thyroid collar. I have not heard that it was not being used. There is so much research out on bitewings and cancer that even if it was unnecessary I’m sure my patients will not go for it.

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Even if the evidence supports the fact that it is no longer needed, wouldn’t following ALARA really mean that we should be using it? It has to at least help SOME and that SOME falls under ALARA.

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