Table 2 The relative importance of factors influencing the decision of whether to take bitewing radiographs of a child, irrespective of age

From: An investigation into the use of bitewing radiography in children in Greater Glasgow

   Level of importance*
   1 2 3 4
   No. (%) No. (%) No. (%) No. (%)
Child co-operation n = 299 14 (5%) 54 (18%) 106 (35%) 125 (42%)
Past caries n = 299 14 (5%) 20 (7%) 110 (37%) 155 (52%)
Caries in siblings n = 298 40 (13%) 100 (33%) 116 (39%) 42 (14%)
Oral hygiene n = 299 14 (5%) 54 (18%) 126 (42%) 105 (35%)
Radiation risk n = 299 99 (33%) 91 (30%) 55 (18%) 54 (18%)
Remuneration n = 299 98 (33%) 90 (30%) 52 (17%) 59 (20%)
Time available n = 298 78 (26%) 93 (31%) 94 (32%) 33 (11%)
  1. *1 = unimportant; 4 = very important