DON’T REQUIRE dental radiography exams WITHOUT a valid working diagnosis, clearly stated in the clinical prescription

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The prescription of radiographic examinations in dentistry must always be preceded by a careful evaluation of the patient’s medical history, a thorough physical examination and the acquisition of previous radiological examinations. Radiological examinations are a useful tool in the diagnostic and therapeutic planning. Good practice: PRESCRIBE X-ray examinations (intraoral X-rays, orthopantomography, Cone Beam CT, CT) only AFTER patient clinical examination and only in presence of a VALID WORKING DIAGNOSIS that must be specified in the clinical request.


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