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Dentists' use of digital radiographic techniques: Part I - intraoral X-ray: a questionnaire study of Swedish dentists
Örebro University, School of Medical Sciences. Dental Research Department, Postgraduate Dental Education Center, Örebro, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1106-4192
Örebro University, School of Medical Sciences. Dental Research Department, Postgraduate Dental Education Center, Örebro, Sweden.
Department of Radiology, Skaraborg Hospital Skövde, Skövde, Sweden.
Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6357, E-ISSN 1502-3850, Vol. 76, no 2, p. 111-118Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: The present study aims to gain knowledge about the dentist's use and choice of digital intraoral imaging methods.

Materials and methods: A questionnaire sent to 2481 dentists within the Swedish Dental Society contained questions about the type of X-ray technique used, problems experienced with digital radiography, and reasons for choosing digital technology, and about indications, clinic size and type of service. Response rate was 53%.

Results: Ninety-eight percent of the dentists had made the transition to digital radiography; only 2% used film technique, and solid-state detector (SSD) was the most used digital technique. More years in service decreases the likelihood of applying individual indications for performing a full mouth examination. More retakes were done with SSDs compared to storage phosphor plates. Reasons for choosing digital techniques were that work was easier and communication with the patients improved. However, dentists also experienced problems with digital techniques, such as exposure and projection errors and inadequate image quality. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority states that all radiological examinations should be justified, something not always followed.

Conclusions: This study showed that 98% of the respondents, Swedish dentists within the Swedish Dental Society, used digital techniques, and the most used was the solid-state technique.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. Vol. 76, no 2, p. 111-118
Keywords [en]
Continuing dental education, operating rooms, radiography, dental, digital, selection criteria
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Dentistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-64963DOI: 10.1080/00016357.2017.1387930ISI: 000423472700006PubMedID: 29019273Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85031126686OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-64963DiVA, id: diva2:1182073
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Dental Research Department, Postgraduate Dental Education Center, Region Örebro County, Sweden  2016-06-07

Available from: 2018-02-12 Created: 2018-02-12 Last updated: 2018-02-23Bibliographically approved

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