Palisades Dentistry Group is excited to announce the addition of the NOMAD, one of the safest dental handheld units available in the market. The innovative handheld design improves dental radiography speed, convenience, and quality. It’s twice as fast as conventional x-ray systems and reduces the number of retakes by up to 50 percent.
Most importantly, the NOMAD is designed with safety in mind. It features external and internal radiation shielding to protect the operator from radiation exposure. Unlike conventional wall-mounted x-rays, the operator can stay with patient during the procedure. There is no need to leave the room.
In April of 2012, The American Dental Association (ADA) published the following on its website,
The American Dental Association (ADA) is aware of a recent study that associates yearly or more frequent dental X-rays to an increased risk of developing meningioma, the most commonly diagnosed brain tumor. The ADA’s long-standing position is that dentists should order dental X-rays for patients only when necessary for diagnosis and treatment. Since 1989, the ADA has published recommendations to help dentists ensure that radiation exposure is as low as reasonably achievable.
The ADA has reviewed the study and notes that the results rely on the individuals’ memories of having dental X-rays taken years earlier. Studies have shown that the ability to recall information is often imperfect. Therefore, the results of studies that use this design can be unreliable because they are affected by what scientists call “recall bias.” Also, the study acknowledges that some of the subjects received dental x-rays decades ago when radiation exposure was greater. Radiation rates were higher in the past due to the use of old x-ray technology and slower speed film. The ADA encourages further research in the interest of patient safety.
If you would like more information about the NOMAD, please call (310) 454-0912. We will be happy to speak with you and answer questions or concerns you might have about your dental health.