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Everyone has done their part in trying to cut off the increasing radiation one gets at a doctor’s office, but apparently dentists don’t really want to play that game as much. Which is awesome, considering the x-ray machine being pointed directly at your fucking skull when the shoot and re-shoot that one tooth pic. How many times have you said to a dentist, “Um, you think you got that one?” We do it all the time, makes them nervous.
As the Times reports,
Orthodontists and other specialists are embracing a new scanning device that emits significantly more radiation than conventional methods, an examination by The New York Times has found.
Designed for dental offices, the device, called a cone-beam CT scanner, provides brilliant 3-D images of teeth, roots, jaw and even skull. This technology, its promoters say, is a safe way for orthodontists and oral surgeons to work with more precision and to identify problems that otherwise might go unnoticed.
But there is little independent research to validate these claims. Instead, the cone beam’s popularity has been fueled in part by misinformation about its safety and efficacy, some of it coming from dentists paid or sponsored by manufacturers to give speeches, seminars and continuing education classes, as well as by industry-sponsored magazines and conferences, according to records and dozens of interviews with dentists and researchers.
Oh, just great. Read the full report here.
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