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X-rays Archived Through 2012
 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
(2) Yale Bulletin and Calendar. Brain abscess case linked to tongue piercing. January 18, 2002 Volume 30, Number 15 . Available at 


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