| FAQ - X-Rays - Archived Through 2012
What do you do regarding an employee who is trying to get pregnant but insists on running the x-ray machine?
All workers must follow precautions to prevent occupational exposure to radiation emitted from dental x-ray machines. These precautions include ensuring the machines are properly collimated, the worker is never present in the room during exposure of the film, the worker is not in the path of the active beam, the worker is at least 6 feet from the active beam, the proper kVp and MA are utilized, and the highest speed film is used to further reduce the amount of radiation needed to expose the film. Additionally, monitoring exposure through the use of radiation monitoring badges may be considered. No specific restrictions are recommended for pregnant dental workers and each individual should consult their physician for recommended work restrictions.