Diagnostic Reference Levels in Dental Radiological Procedures: A Practical Guide

2020 • Volume 14 • Issue 4

Carlos Ubeda; Diego Nocetti; Marco Aragón; Gonzalo Aragón; Diego Aragón & Oscar Medina



Currently exposure to ionizing radiation is currently the main source of exposure to artificial radiation worldwide, with dental examinations being one of the most frequent events. In order to prevent exposure of unnecessarily high doses in patients, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) recommends the use of Diagnostic Reference Levels (DRLs), as an effective tool to help maximize protection from radiation during medical exposure of patients. Given that the Chilean legislation has not yet incorporated the use of DRLs, the purpose of this study was to analyze publication No. 135 of the ICRP to generate a document, to serve as a guide for dentists, didactically outlining in simple but technical language, the main aspects to consider when establishing DRLs in dental radiology procedures.

KEY WORDS: diagnostic reference levels, dental radiology, safety and radiological protection medical exposure.


How to cite this article

UBEDA, C.; NOCETTI, D.; ARAGÓN, M.; ARAGÓN, G.; ARAGÓN, D. & MEDINA, O. Diagnostic reference levels in dental radiological procedures: A practical guide. Int. J. Odontostomat.,14(4):610-616, 2020.


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