OREM, Utah, Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The State of Virginia recently announced that it will drop dosimeter requirements in favor of unrestricted use of the Aribex NOMAD® family of handheld X-ray systems, effective January 1, 2014.
"We applaud the State of Virginia's judicious decision to band with 34 other states in this 'stay-with-the-patient' movement, where more than 13,000 devices are now in use," said Ken Kaufman, general manager of Aribex. "What we're seeing is a sophisticated paradigm shift to the new and improved way of taking intra-oral radiographs. We look forward to showing dental professionals throughout the U.S. how the NOMAD Pro 2 enhancements will further evolve intra-oral imaging and provide better access to dental care worldwide."
After careful investigation, the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Radiological Health has determined that, beginning in 2014, personnel dosimetry will no longer be required for those who operate the NOMAD family of handheld dental X-ray systems. The department's determination follows an eight-year period during which they established a safe-use baseline of the product.
"When the FDA first cleared the NOMAD in 2005, the regulations governing X-ray systems did not allow handheld operation of an X-ray device," said Kaufman. "Instead, the rules required that the system be operated from behind a barrier, or at a distance of six feet or more from the X-ray head. Recognizing that technology would outpace restrictions, rule-makers allowed for variances to the limitations when alternative methods achieved the same intended result."
Some states, such as Virginia, California and New Jersey, initially took a cautionary approach in allowing for a variance from these rules by requiring operator personnel to monitor radiation ex
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