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X ray shield

So the girls in our other office were told by the dexis rep that they don’t need to shield patients anymore when taking radiographs. So now when we do it the Dr gets mad. I don’t understand the harm in just putting it on. Why spend all day trying to convince patients they don’t need it? So I’m wondering how many offices are shielding. ..not shielding? Thanks



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My office is digital and we still use a lead apron with a thyroid collar. We use it more because patients are so uneasy with radiographs, its almost not worth it to convince them otherwise! However, I actually found an article that supports not using an apron: http://www.dentalxp.com/xperts/69/The%20Lead%20Apron%20Dinasaur.pdf
I agree with you that it’s just easier and saves time to shield patients rather than explain and justify why an apron may not really be needed as we already spend time explaining why radiographs alone are needed in the first place. Some patients are already apprehensive about the dentist so its not worth pushing them out of their comfort zone even further. I’m also not sure why your dentist would get mad, as time is money. If he/she is so adamant about it, he/she should come and give the explanation him/herself!

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We shield, we actually double shield for worried or pregnant patients (not that it really makes that much a difference) the amount of radiation is so low that it shouldn’t hurt anyone. You’re doctors getting mad for shielding patients?

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We use Dexis as well, and we shield, with a thyroid collar too. The risk for the patient is so minimal, but people are used to it. I totally agree with you, it’s not gonna hurt them to put it on, it only takes like two seconds and who has time to spend all day explaining to everyone that they don’t really “need” it.

My complaint at our office is that our assistant stays in the room all the time with people when they’re getting x-rays, holding the sensor and having someone else push the button. Then she tells them it’s digital, so she doesn’t need to worry… I think for a patient getting x-rays once a year, no shield is okay. But not all day every day at work. Radiation is cumulative after all…

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