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What is radiation risk to brain from a panoramic or full-mouth series dental xray? am concerned abt radiation exposure bcuz mom died of brain cancer.

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Grindstaff
Addiction Medicine 38 years experience
Dental X-ray p: The risk from a single full moth x ray is very little
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Minimal, at best: Your mother's condition was not caused by radiation. In fact, diagnostic radiation doses do not cause cancer... they are of a very low dose. The possible problems not diagnosed far outweigh the miniscule risk.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Condolences: Sorry you lost your Mom. You get more radiation spending a day in the mountains than from one panoramic x-ray. Diagnostic x-rays don't cause cancer. Your mother's cancer is regrettable, but not from Dental surveys. And the diagnostic information provided is invaluable.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
Very Minimal Risk: I am sorry to hear about your mom and understand your concern. While no one can ever say that clinical x-ray exposure is 100% risk free, the risk is extremely minimal. You get more x-ray radiation exposure flying in a plane from New York to California, or from spending the day at the beach, then you do from a panorex or full-mouth series of x-rays.

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