How safe is radiation in CT-Scans and X-rays
Did you know that one X-ray is the equivalent to the amount of radiation exposure you will experience from natural surroundings in 10 days?
Some people are concerned about the amount of radiation they are exposed to when asked to have X-rays and CT scans. There might be a real concern if said person has had to have several x-rays or CT scans over a period of time for a number of reasons, but in nearly all cases any risk is very low. Radiologists and X-ray technologists have been trained to use the minimum amount of radiation necessary to obtain the needed results. 2.
In our opinion it is not safe to place implants without seeing a CT scan of the patient’s mouth first. A CT scan will allow the implantologist to see a clear image of the mouth and jaw bone, they are able to take measurements which is very important when placing implants and to check the health of the bone. The implantologist will be able to see if there is any bone loss, which would result in a patient needing additional treatment in order to have implants placed or any canals or nerves running in the path of where an implant maybe placed. The amount of radiation used in most examinations is very small and the benefits far outweigh the risks. 2.
If you are concerned there are websites that you can use to calculate your radiation risk, we have also attached a table below which we hope will help put any concerns you may have at rest. You can also find more detailed information about CT scans and X-rays on our website and blog, please follow the attached link. https://www.maryleboneimplantcentre.co.uk/blog/ct-scans-versus-an-opg/