Everyone makes mistakes, but when it comes to dental radiographic images, you’re allowed little margin for error. Dental imaging mistakes will lead to at least three consequences:
You’ll have to retake the images, which exposes the patient to more radiation.
You’ll waste equipment and time, which in essence is money.
You’ll encourage inaccurate diagnosis.
So what are the most common dental imaging mistakes to avoid?
Most mistakes are fairly simple to avoid if you stay alert.
Projection mistakes occur when the patient isn’t adequately prepared for the imaging process. All metal objects will show up on the dental imaging plate and obstruct the view of interest. To prepare the patient, request that he/her remove all facial obstacles like earrings, necklaces, hearing aids, and glasses.
Exposure mistakes are directly related to varying densities. If the image has a high density of radiation, the image will appear mostly black with indistinguishable shadows. On the flip side, if the image has a low density, it’ll appear washed out and pale. To promote accurate diagnosis, ensure the exposure is correct before taking the images.
Dirty imaging processing equipment will also lead to errors. Artifacts like fingerprints, dust particles, scratches, and static electricity leave behind patterns that can be confused with oral diseases. Make sure all your equipment is properly cleaned after frequent use.
So keep these mistakes in the back of your mind when you’re conducting the next imaging procedure. However, if your dental imaging equipment is outdated or overused, there’s a risk your images will still come out faulty even if you conduct the process perfectly. For all your radiology accessory needs, we are here to help!