THE Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a warning concerning a portable dental X-ray unit with inadequate shielding that could give rise to unsafe radiation doses in both patients and dentists.
Tests conducted by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) on the Tianjie Dental Falcon device manufactured in China have revealed a lack of sufficient shielding in the X-ray tube which could result in high patient doses and operator doses in excess of the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 annual limits.
The MHRA advice to practices having purchased this or any non CE-marked (EU compliant) device is stop using it and replace with a suitable CE-marked alternative.
For more details see the MHRA alert.
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