European guidelines on radiation protection in dental radiology
The safe use of radiographs in dental practice - Study
The aim of this book is to provide a practical guide to radiation protection for dentists working in a primary care setting, based upon the two relevant Council Directives of the European Union (EU). Directive 96/29/Euratom of 13 May 1996 laying down basic safety standards for the protection of the health of workers and the general public against the dangers arising from ionising radiation. Directive 97/43/Euratom of 30 June 1997 on health protection of individuals against the dangers of ionising radiation in relation to medical exposure. Laws derived from these Directives exist within... individual EU States that impose specific enforceable requirements upon dentists. This document sets general guidelines on good practice in the use of X-rays by dentists. Guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient in decisions about appropriate health care for certain specific clinical circumstances. As this implies, guidelines are not a rigid constraint on clinical practice, but a concept of good practice against which the needs of the individual patient can be considered.