Chapter 9 Radiation Health
The subject of radiation health includes the traditional concepts of patient and operator protection from biologic damage from radiation. These practices are currently under review by the Federal government, and new guidelines with significant changes are expected sometime in 2003 or 2004. In current practice, however, the subject of infection control as it applies to dental radiology must also be included as a part of radiation health or as a separate subject, since patients and operators alike must be protected from the spread of infection or communicable diseases. Infection control practices are not optional; they are mandated by the Federal OSHA regulations and by additional state laws. Offices and institutions are subject to inspections and fines for a lack of compliance. One of the limitations of our learning experience is that infection control procedures are usually learned in association with general dental practice and rarely is explicit information available for dental radiology.
FIGURE 9-1 Here you see an older BID design.