[ RadSafe ] Fwd: Can any one send me that US policy on using x-ray

Chris Alston achris1999 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 19 14:35:57 CDT 2015

Wait a minute, don't these kids need dental x-rays, regardless?

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From: parthasarathy k s <ksparth at yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 12:42 PM
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Can any one send me that US policy on using x-ray
To: "Bradt, Clayton (HEALTH)" <clayton.bradt at health.ny.gov>
Cc: RADSAFE <radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu>
Dear Dr. Clayton,
You are correct.Currently, a non govermental organization (NGO) in
collaboration with a few dental colleges is involved in issuing birth
certificates to children (who do not have any birth certificates) on the
basis of dental images. Certainly this cannot be compared as a medical
study (with diagnostic or therapeutic benefits). In this particular
instance there are other ethical issues as well. I am including a news item
on the project which will give you an idea about the project
100 orphans get birth certificates after age estimation studies
Friday, 14 August 2015 - 7:55am IST Updated: Friday, 14August 2015 - 8:42am
IST | Agency: dna |
About ahundred children from orphanages are all set to get their birth
certificates,an important document for government work. In a collaborative
charity projectby Terna Dental College, Mumbai, and Date of Birth
Foundation, Hong Kong, thecollege and the foundation have signed an MoU to
conduct dental age research.
"Inthe first phase of the project, 100 children without birth documents
wereidentified from NaviMumbai region andbrought to the dental college,
where dental x-rays were obtained and ageestimation was done. Hence, age
certificates will be issued to these children;now, these kids have a date
to remember and celebrate in their lives,"said Dr Shishir Singh, dean of
the college.
Birth registrationis a fundamental human right. The United Nations
Convention on the Rights ofthe Child (UNCRC) article 7 states that a child
has to be registeredimmediately after birth; this applies to all countries
that are signatorieswith the United Nations.
"Illegitimatechildren, children in orphanages, children born at home do not
have birthcertificates. Through this procedure, we will be able to give
them agecertificates," said Singh.
In India,registration of birth is mandatory, according to Registration of
Births andDeaths Act, 1969. As of 2012, Unicef reports that only 41% of
births areregistered in India. It further projects that out of the 26
million birthsevery year, around 10 million go unregistered.
A birth certificate servesas an identity document that confirms the
existence of a child. The absence ofbirth documents questions the existence
of millions of children around theworld and fails to guard them against
age-related crimes and abuses. A birthcertificate serves as a baseline
document for getting admission to school,obtaining driving licence,
passport, claim of property, and seek insurance andsocial security
benefits. The lack of birth identity documents can lead tofalsified
testimonials of age when children want to enrol in school, work,appear in
national competitive exams and participate in age categorised sportsand
games tournaments.
 AS per US guidelines (Federal or State) is this practice "justified" ICRP

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