Answer to Question #11139 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"

Category: Medical and Dental Patient Issues — Dental

The following question was answered by an expert in the appropriate field:


Is there an alternative, radiation-free substitute for panoramic dental x rays, such as ultrasound?


No. Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are best for soft-tissue imaging; therefore, they are not suitable for dental imaging. Panoramic and other dental x-ray procedures are low radiation dose procedures compared to both other medical x-ray procedures and to natural background radiation.
Kent Lambert, CHP

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