Digital Imaging


Our office uses all digital radiographs (x-rays) and can electronically receive images from other providers using digital technology and import them into your patient chart.

If your previous dentist or physician has taken X-rays, please request that they forward them to our office prior to your appointment date. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our facility.

What you should know about dental X-rays:

Recently there have been several stories in the media about Dental X-rays. If one didn’t know any better, they might take away the message that dental X-rays are bad.

The reality is that our technology has already solved the issue of high radiation X-rays. The radiation exposure in cavity detecting X-rays is remarkably low.

To give you some perspective, the American Nuclear Society says that the average radiation level per person per year is 620 millirems (mrems)/year. A safe allowable dose for nuclear plant workers, or those exposed to radiation in their work, is 5,000 mrems/year. Here are some examples of other common exposures to radiation:

  • 2 hours in a jet plane = 1 mrem
  • Living in a stone or adobe house = 7 mrems/year
  • 1 pack of cigarettes each day = 36 mrem/year
  • Whole body CT scan = 1000 mrem
  • 1 bitewing or PA dental X-ray = 0.08 mrem

This may help you understand why we still feel the benefits our patients receive from X-rays far outweigh the minimal exposure of radiation. Preventative cavity detection X-rays are extremely beneficial in early detection and treatment of cavities.

The Office of Dr. James C. Setterberg

  • The Office of Dr. James C. Setterberg - 401 23rd St., Suite 202, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 Phone: 970-945-8753 Fax: 970-945-4970

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