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The cheap imported machine, known as the Tianjie Dental Falcon, exposes users and patients to 10 times the normal level of radiation, increasing their risks of cancer and organ damage.
It also has a wider beam so the whole head and brain is exposed to radiation rather than the mouth alone. So far, 13 of the machines - sold on internet sites including eBay by a Chinese manufacturer - have been seized at a distribution centre.
Bruce Petrie, of the MHRA's Medical Devices Enforcement Team, said: "It's vital that dentists and dental staff do not buy these dental X-ray machines from eBay or other websites because they are not approved and not safe for dentists or patients".
He said anyone who had bought one of these machines should the MHRA's hotline on 020 3080 6701 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is good to know that the MHRA is alert to this dangerous equipment. However, it is frightening that a few dentists would consider using such a cheap alternative without ensuring that it has been tested and approved for use in this country.
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