Dental X-Rays and Meningioma, “Risky Business “or Not? A response to the recent claim by Claus et al. Dale a. Miles BA, DDS, MS, FRCD(C) Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
Recently (2011), Claus et al, epidemiologists, reported, in the journal Cancer, a “possible” link between dental x-rays and the benign tumor, meningioma. Their study – based on interviewing patients about their recall of dental x-ray history – concluded that some types of dental x-rays are linked to this tumor. Calling dental x-rays an “environmental risk factor”, they found that:
“Exposure to some dental x-rays performed in the past, when radiation exposure was greater than in the current era, appears to be associated with an increased risk of intracranial meningioma”.
Before addressing some of the many problems of the study, let’s examine other citations and published works looking at radiation risk.
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