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image gently

The mission of the Image Gently Alliance is,
through advocacy, to improve safe and effective imaging care of children worldwide


BeamReaders encourages dental professionals to use the guidelines and resources of the Image Gently Alliance when imaging their pediatric patients. The Image Gently Alliance is a coalition of health care organizations dedicated to providing safe, high quality pediatric imaging worldwide. 

One size does not fit all...
When using radiography during pediatric dental procedures remember:

  • Select x rays for individual’s needs, not merely as a routine
  • Use the fastest image receptor possible: E- or F-speed film or digital sensors
  • Collimate beam to area of interest
  • Always use thyroid collars
  • Child-size the exposure time
  • Use cone-beam CT when appropriate 
  • Use dose cone-bean CT option if available and appropriate 

So when we image, let us image gently: More is often not better.

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