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What are dentists trying to protect when they put a lead apron on your chest for x-rays?
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In brief: Insurance rates
There is good evidence that lead vests don't do much.
They're supposed to stop x-rays that curve around after going thru' your mouth. Problem? X-rays are like light, they don't bend. Lead vests aren't used much in other countries. Here, we'd likely get sued not using them.

In brief: Insurance rates
There is good evidence that lead vests don't do much.
They're supposed to stop x-rays that curve around after going thru' your mouth. Problem? X-rays are like light, they don't bend. Lead vests aren't used much in other countries. Here, we'd likely get sued not using them.
Dr. Michael Teitelbaum
Dr. Michael Teitelbaum
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Dr. Ben Pomeranc
Dentistry
In brief: Your Core Organs
A lead apron is used when taking dental x-rays to proect your core body organs such as heart, lungs, digestive sytem, and reproductive organs.
It has also become a standard of care to use a neck collar to protect your thyroid from stray x-ray radiation. The x-ray generator has a collimator to focus the x-ray beam to the area of the picture, but x-rays spread out over distance.

In brief: Your Core Organs
A lead apron is used when taking dental x-rays to proect your core body organs such as heart, lungs, digestive sytem, and reproductive organs.
It has also become a standard of care to use a neck collar to protect your thyroid from stray x-ray radiation. The x-ray generator has a collimator to focus the x-ray beam to the area of the picture, but x-rays spread out over distance.
Dr. Ben Pomeranc
Dr. Ben Pomeranc
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