Digital versus film radiography

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This critical summary of a systematic review published in 2010 was prepared under the auspices of the American Dental Association Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry . The aim of this review was to assess how film-based radiography compared with digital radiography.

The commentator highlights the fact that the review only searched one database ( PubMed) and had other methodological issues . In addition the overall strength of the evidence was poor in that the included studies were largely observational.

While the review itself  notes a number of challenges for digital radiography. The commentator noted that it is likely that

digital radiography will ultimately replace film-based radiography and dental practitioners must be knowledgeable and prepared to cope with the advantages and disadvantages of digital radiography.

Go to the ADA summary

Go to the PubMed abstract of the original review






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Derek Richards is the Director of the Centre for Evidence-based Dentistry, Editor of the Evidence-based Dentistry Journal, Consultant in Dental Public Health with Forth Valley Health Board and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Dundee & Glasgow Dental Schools. He helped to establish both the Centre for Evidence-based Dentistry and the Evidence-based Dentistry Journal. He has been involved with teaching EBD and a wide range of evidence-based initiatives both nationally and internationally since 1994.

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