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OLIVEIRA, Dayse Hanna Maia; ALMEIDA, Manuella Santos Carneiro; COSTA, Camila Helena Machado da  e  SOUSA FILHO, Luis Ferreira de. Radiation protection means used in dental health care establishments. RFO UPF [online]. 2016, vol.21, n.2, pp. 167-171. ISSN 1413-4012.

Objective: To assess the procedures of dental surgeons regarding radioprotection aspects in the city of Patos, PB, Brazil, according to the Brazilian health legislation. Materials and method: An inductive approach was used with a descriptive procedure and research technique by direct field documentation. Out of the 43 dental offices in the city of Patos, 35 agreed to participate in the research and signed the informed consent form. After authorization, the researcher conducted visual inspection and filled out the form containing items concerning radiation protection. Results: The absence of signs for ionizing radiation in X-ray rooms was found in 94.2% of the dental offices and none of the establishments presented a warning sign about the importance of dental science in cases of pregnant patients. Lead aprons were found incorrectly stowed, as well as dental offices with aprons and thyroid protectors. Conclusion: Some aspects of radiation protection do not comply with the Brazilian health legislation in dental offices of the city of Patos, PB, showing there are dentists who do not know or do not meet some of the current radiation protection standards, which could minimize inherent risks of radiation exposure.

Palavras-chave : Radiation Protection.; Radiology.; Health Surveillance..

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