| FAQ - X-Rays - Archived Through 2012
If a patient has a tongue piercing, is it necessary for them to remove the barbell for an x-ray or treatment?
Although intraoral radiographs can be used on patients who cannot remove their barbells, they will show up on a panoramic film. All known tongue barbells can be removed for at least three hours without the piercing closing. Patients should be advised that intraoral piercings may pose a risk for potentially serious infections.(1,2)
(1) Akhondi H, Rahimi AR. Haemophilus aphrophilus endocarditis after tongue piercing. Emerg Infect Dis [serial online] 2002. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol8no8/01-0458.htm
(2) Yale Bulletin and Calendar. Brain abscess case linked to tongue piercing. January 18, 2002 Volume 30, Number 15 . Available at http://www.yale.edu/opa/v30.n15/story11.html