Lately, there has been a great deal of discussion about the necessity of protective aprons. With the introduction of digital image technology and improvements to dental x-ray equipment, the degree of radiation exposure to employees and patients has dramatically decreased and brought the validity of protective aprons into question. Each state has their own requirements and degree of enforcement, however, most follow FDA recommendations and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement’s (NCRP) most recent report No. 145. It is essential to know your state requirements so that your office is compliant during your state inspection. The link below describes the federal guidelines. Novallier researches each state and can offer assistance on the protective apron requirements for your state.

FDA Limiting Radiation Exposure

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