The guidelines for prescribing radiographic examinations will be presented and discussed to assist dentists in the appropriate selection of patients for radiographic examinations. Clinicians must use clinical judgment to determine the type, frequency, and extent of each radiographic examination. Radiographic imaging should be individualized for each patient and should never be based on administrative or arbitrary requirements such as insurance needs or a fixed time schedule. The goal of applying radiographic guidelines is to eliminate unnecessary exposures in adherence to the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) Principle while maximizing diagnostic yield. The guideline recommendations are based on findings from the scientific literature.
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