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Article: Volume 44 Number 2 Page 146 - February 2017

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  Dent Update 2017; 44: 146-150

Dental & Maxillofacial Radiology:  Hand-held Dental X-ray Equipment – An Update

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Abstract: Hand-held dental X-ray equipment is increasingly being purchased for use in general dental practice. The aim of this paper is to update the practitioner with recently published recommendations on the requirements for hand-held devices. The article discusses the concerns often raised with the use of hand-held equipment including safety issues for the operator and the patient.

Clinical relevance: It is important for dentists to be aware of the current guidance if considering the use of hand-held X-ray devices in their practice.

Author notes: Nicholas Drage, BDS FDS RCS(Eng), FDSRCPS(Glas), DRRCR, Consultant in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology, University Dental Hospital, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff, CF14 4XY (

Objective: To describe the recommended requirements in relation to hand-held x-ray equipment.