LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones was named 2016 Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Dental Association (MDA) on Friday.
MDA President Dr. Larry DeGroat of South Lyon presented the award to Jones in recognition of his efforts to make dental cone beam computer tomography (CT) available to dentists.
CT is a new type of X-ray equipment that is used when regular dental x-rays are not sufficient. The technique provides 3-D images of a section of teeth, tissue and nerves in a single scan, reducing radiation exposure and pain for the patient.
“It is an honor to receive this award from the Michigan Dental Association that does so much to help keep our residents healthy,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Providing Michigan families access to dental care is a top priority. I fought to have this device more accessible to Michigan dentists because it can provide a 3-D view of nerves and blood vessels and could result in better dental surgery outcomes and less pain for patients.”
After Jones introduced Senate Bill 741 last session, the state acted to deregulate dental CT scanners. Prior to the state’s action, Michigan and Rhode Island were the only states in the country that had the restrictive regulation. Dental CT scanners continue to be regulated by Michigan’s Radiation Safety Section to ensure safety standards are met for the well-being of the public.
Editor’s note: The above photograph of Jones is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at www.SenatorRickJones.com/Photowire.