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Why Dental Professionals Use 2D Handheld X-Rays

August 31, 2020

A handheld x-ray is a tool used in intraoral radiography for diagnosis, treatment, and other procedures. The earliest incarnation of the 2D-handheld x-ray was a wall-mounted conventional intraoral x-ray. The machine was first used for military medicine and humanitarian missions. Later, it evolved into a handheld device that resembled a camera. 2D handheld X-rays are now widely-used in the dental sector for patient treatment.

How beneficial is a 2D handheld x-ray to your practice?

The 2D handheld x-ray device brings efficient workflow because of its portability and ease of use. Dentists can perform x-ray procedures faster since it is easy to carry around. The tool’s design and features resemble a camera, making it convenient for its users.

What makes a good quality 2D handheld x-ray?

A wide range of 2D handheld x-rays are available in the market. What qualities of a 2D handheld x-ray should dental professionals consider?

  • Image quality. A 2D handheld device should produce sharp, clear radiographic images with a single focal spot. It must also be designed for digital sensors and work with phosphor plates and traditional film.
  • Battery. When charged, a 2D handheld X-ray has enough capacity to capture hundreds of images. A good quality device should have a clear battery life indicator on the user display.
  • Weight and Ergonomics. The ideal weight for 2D handheld x-ray machines should not be more than eight pounds. A lighter unit ensures stability during use and minimizes the risk of dropping.
  • Backscatter shield. The ADA recommends manufacturers to include a backscatter shield for protection against radiation. It should produce not less than 0.25 mm lead equivalent that is permanently attached in place at all times.
  • Accreditation. The US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) requires the use of legally registered devices to minimize the risk of radiation exposure.

How to ensure safe handling

Dentists must observe standard safety protocols to keep themselves and their patients safe. Here are some guidelines:

  • Adjust the height and inclination of the dental chair an inch away from the patient’s face. Tilt the patient’s head or change the chair’s position as protection for both the patient and the practitioner.
  • Establish a controlled perimeter. The dentist must not stand in the path of the x-ray beam and remain behind the protective area. The controlled boundary should at least be 6 feet away from the patient, and between 90 to 135 degrees to the main beam’s path.
  • Operators must be properly trained and made aware of state-mandated safety requirements.

The 2D handheld x-ray is an effective tool for dental professionals for dental x-rays. The evolution of this machine brought remarkable benefits to the users. However, risks are still inevitable. With proper handling and training, the 2D handheld device can reduce the workload in dental practice.

For quality and authorized 2D handheld x-ray for a dental practice, contact a Benco representative.


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