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A critical view of the rationale for routine, initial and periodic radiographic surveys.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal (Canadian Dental Association)
Publication Date
Volume
58
Issue
10
Identifiers
PMID: 1393796
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

Most dentists and dental faculties use an initial radiographic survey for the comprehensive-care patient rather than selective radiography, as recommended by professional organizations and radiation protection agencies. Survey or screening radiography has been justified in the belief that it is an essential health service designed to disclose serious occult disease and that failure to use such films might expose the dentist to successful malpractice litigation. However, incidence data indicate the chance of disclosing tumors, non-inflammatory cysts or other serious bone disease in the asymptomatic patient by screening jaw films is infinitesimal. On this basis, the practice is not justifiable as a public health measure, nor is the dentist who follows published national guidelines for prescription radiography vulnerable to successful litigation.

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