Radiographs are an essential part of proper diagnosis. As dentists, we should make sure that operators do not take for granted the impact of their actions when they take x-rays.
They may hurry through the process or may not thoroughly understand all of the factors that comprise the process.
Radiographs are taken when you, the dentist, orders them based on intraoral examination and following review of the patient’s medical history. This is the time for the operator to endeavor for the best image quality possible.
Attaining that “best image” relies on the operator’s knowledge of radiation exposure and proper positioning.