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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.

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Dr. Robert Grindstaff answered

Specializes in Addiction Medicine

Dental X-ray p: The risk from a single full moth x ray is very little

Answered 10/21/2017

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis answered

Specializes in Dentistry

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.

Answered 10/21/2017

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

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.

Answered 3/12/2020

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Dr. Howard Schneider answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

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.

Answered 11/27/2017

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