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Good Patient Selection Helps Minimize Radiation Exposure


Overall, cancer risks from maxillofacial radiographic imaging are small. However, given the stochastic nature of radiation-induced cancer, it is important that patient exposure be minimized to the greatest extent possible. This is the principle embodied by the acronym ALARA -- "as low as reasonably achievable.” The ALARA principle states that, as health care providers, we must make all attempts to keep the radiation dose to our patients and ourselves as low as we can practically ac more...
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