Author Archives: Elena Arroway

COVID-19 and X-rays

Testing kits for the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, have been in short supply, hard to access, and slow to give results.  So, why are chest x-rays not used for COVID-19 screening?  Digital x-rays are nearly instantaneous, and many chiropractor and doctor’s office x-ray machines sat unused for most of the early days of…

The Reality of Dental Radiation

Dental x-rays have always given patients such a small amount of radiation that its effects are considered almost an afterthought. Dentists and hygienists are taught the details and intricacies of radiation dose and its interactions with the human body, but the public’s knowledge is limited. To make it understandable, in practice, dental staff members often…

Proposed Changes to Colorado Radiation Regulations: Dentist Edition

First, the good news – the CDPHE will now defer to the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners with regards to how Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH) can operate independently in ordering and interpreting x-rays. This is a hurdle that has been tough for a lot of RDHs operating their own facilities especially in more remote…