Evaluation of Radiographic Waste Management in Dental Clinics of Vadodara City

Evaluation of Radiographic Waste Management in Dental Clinics of Vadodara City

  • Dr. Pranay Patel Senior Lecturer, Department Of Oral Medicine & Radiology, College Of Dental Science & Hospital, Amargadh, Bhavnagar, Gujarat-364210
  • Dr. Rashmi Venkatesh Professor & PG Guide, Department Of Oral Medicine & Radiology, K.M. Shah Dental College & Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth University, Piparia, Vadodara-391760.
  • Dr. Ruchita Peter Senior Lecturer, Department Of Oral Medicine & Radiology, College Of Dental Science & Hospital, Amargadh, Bhavnagar, Gujarat-364210
Keywords: Developer, Fixer, Radiographic Waste Material, Dental Clinics

Abstract

Background: Many Advanced Dental Radiographic imaging techniques are currently available to obtain images free of radiographic solutions like Radiovisiography. But still majority of dentists in India are dependent on conventional film based radiography due to high expenses. The aim of the study was to evaluate the management of radiographic wastes resulting from conventional intraoral radiography in dental clinics of Vadodara City. Material And Methods: Dentists registered with DCI & who are practicing in Vadodara city, were voluntary participants of the study. Each participant was asked to fill a questionnaire. The collected data was entered in the master chart & was subjected to statistical analysis. Result: Out of 376 dental clinics in the Vadodara city, only 182 are using conventional radiography and amongst them only 150 participants were willing to participate in the study. A total of 95.3% of the participants believed that radiographic waste materials could cause damage to the environment. Regarding the disposal of used fixer, developer solution; 86% affirmed that they threw the solution directly through the sink, 14% diluted it in water and threw it into the sink. Not a single participant is using specialized company for disposal of used processing solution. Considering the discarding of the packing of the radiographic films, 100% threw them into the garbage. Conclusion: The practicing dentists had knowledge about harmful effects of radiographic waste on environment but it did not reflect in their way of management. Their incorrect disposal & management are of great concern & the government agencies should supervise such actions to protect both the health & the environment. [Patel P Natl J Integr Res Med, 2020; 11(4):61-65]

Published
2020-09-01
How to Cite
Dr. Pranay Patel, Dr. Rashmi Venkatesh, & Dr. Ruchita Peter. (2020). Evaluation of Radiographic Waste Management in Dental Clinics of Vadodara City: Evaluation of Radiographic Waste Management in Dental Clinics of Vadodara City. National Journal of Integrated Research in Medicine, 11(4), 61-65. Retrieved from http://nicpd.ac.in/ojs-/index.php/njirm/article/view/2859
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