The cheap imported devices could also pose a significant risk to dentists and nurses, health officials said. So, you should buy high quality dental machines with great prices!
Dentists have been warned not to buy a handheld x-ray machine which exposes patients to 10 times the recommended dose of radiation. Why? In this article, you may find the reason!
The officials have run certain safety tests on these machines, and found them they could be possible lethal for the patient.
By using these imported machines, the patients are exposed to radiation, which is 10 times higher than the accepted levels. Patients getting diagnosed with this type of machine are facing an increased risk for major organs damage and even the risk of developing cancer.
The main problem with the cheap scanner is that it actually irradiates the entire head instead of focusing only on the teeth area like the safe X-ray machines.
Barry Cockcroft, chief dental officer for England and the government's principal dental adviser, added: "It is vitally important that when buying equipment dentists make sure it is appropriate and safe for use. I would urge all dental professionals to be cautious of seemingly cheap devices which may not be fit for purpose, and potentially dangerous."
Clinical evaluator Donald Emerton, who examined the seized devices at King's College hospital, added: "When we tested the x-ray machine we found it did not properly protect either a potential patient, or the person operating it.
"Over time someone operating this machine, such as a dental assistant, would be exposed to unacceptable levels of accumulated radiation and this would have an increased risk to their health. I certainly wouldn't want someone to use this piece of equipment to take an dental x ray of me."