In the past few years specialist dental surgeries all over the UK have been introducing Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) technology to aid treatment. The scanners are similar to those used in hospitals for medical examinations but only scan the jaw and skull.
They are used for specialist examinations and can deliver higher doses of radiation than other X-ray equipment that dentists use.
Because of the rapid uptake of this new technology, and a lack of specific safety guidance on its use, the Health Protection Agency’s dental radiation specialists assembled a group of experts to formulate guidance for dentists.
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