Efficiency of the cervical lead shield during intraoral radiography

Israel Kaffe*, Mark M. Littner, Tuvia Shlezinger, Pnina Segal

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The cervical lead shield was compared with the conventional lead apron with regard to efficiency of protection against radiation during a full-mouth survey (fourteen periapical and two bitewing radiographs). The study was performed on a Temex tissue-equivalent human phantom, and thermoluminescent dosimetry was used to measure radiation absorption in the ovaries, testes, and thyroid gland areas. Results showed that the cervical shield significantly reduces the amount of radiation to the skin in all three areas and is equally as effective as the combination of lead apron and thyroid shield. It is therefore recommended as a protective measure during intraoral radiography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)732-736
Number of pages5
JournalOral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1986


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