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Ownership of Dental Records and Radiographs

Managing Professional Risks | Patient Records, Charting, and Documentation Protocols
Ownership of Dental Records and Radiographs
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The dentist owns the physical record of the patient and is the legal guardian of the chart and its complete contents, including radiographs.

While patients do not have the right to possess their original record, they do have the right to see, review, and inspect their record, and to request and obtain a copy of it. Additional guidance is available in Section 1.B. of the ADA Principles of Ethics ...