There is an increasing realization that every effort should be made to minimize the exposure to ionizing radiation of patients and members of the dental team. There are, however, few published guidelines to assist the general practitioner in deciding whether or not radiographs are needed. There is even less information concerning the taking of dental radiographs of children. Using the Delphi Technique this study set out to seek a consensus amongst Consultant Paediatric Dentists (n = 36) working in the UK as to when dental radiographs should and should not be taken of children cared for within general dental services. A two-stage questionnaire was used and a response of 94% and 76% was obtained in the first and second questionnaire respectively. A consensus view was reached regarding whether or not radiographs should be taken in a series of 17 specific clinical situations.
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