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2018 OSAP Annual Conference

FAQ - Instruments & Equipment - 2015
 FAQ  - Instruments & Equipment - 2015



Where does OSAP stand on decontamination of digital x-ray sensors?

Ask OSAP would like to note the following information from Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team:

Digital Radiographic Sensors

Digital radiographic sensors and associated computer hardware can be used in place of x-ray films. The digital system allows the image to be displayed on a computer monitor at chairside. The image can be manipulated and stored for future retrieval. Unlike x-ray films, digital sensors are used repeatedly on multiple patients. Most, if not all, of these digital sensors cannot be heat sterilized or chemically disinfected. In these cases, the only alternative is to prevent the sensor from becoming contaminated. This is accomplished by using a disposable plastic surface cover over the sensor and part of the attached wire (unless the sensor is wireless) (Figure 16-6). When available, FDA-cleared barriers should always be used as covers. Consult with the sensor manufacturer for proper covering or decontamination of the particular type of sensor and computer hardware being used.  1

Ask OSAP does not review, evaluate, certify, recommend or endorse products. Ask OSAP also does not provide technical support for specific products. If you have further questions about procedures and specific products it is recommended that you consult with the manufacturer’s written instruction manual and/or contact the manufacturer of your product. Since there are various related models and manufacturers of digital x-ray sensors, Ask OSAP is not in the position to know the detailed operating specifics for all these products. Therefore, it is recommended that you consult with the manufacturer of the product in question.


1)     Miller CH. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team, 5th edition. Elsevier/Mosby Publishers. Page 189.


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