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Review Date: January 31, 2017
Expiration Date: January 30, 2020
Original Release Date: July 31, 2013
This course describes how the American Dental Association and U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommendations for radiographic films and equipment are applied in clinical practice. It outlines the potential advantages and disadvantages of conventional and digital radiography. Radiographic procedures in the diagnosis and management of proximal caries and periodontal disease are discussed. The course outlines the recommendations for minimizing radiation exposure for dental professionals and patients, including specific precautions for pregnant patients. Finally, the course discusses the infection control precautions needed to protect the safety of both patients and dental professionals, including waste management requirements for disposing of used radiographic film chemicals.
Intended for all dental professionals, this basic-level course addresses patient selection, radiation safety, risk reduction, and infection control as related to dental radiology. To provide the highest quality of care and safety to patients, dental professionals must be familiar with these guidelines and the latest best practice involving radiographic procedures.
AGD Subject Code: 165
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.
- Describe how the American Dental Association and U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommendations for radiographic films and equipment are applied to clinical practice.
- Compare the advantages and disadvantages of traditional and digital dental radiography.
- Describe the radiographic procedures in the diagnosis and management of proximal caries and periodontal disease.
- Explain recommended radiation safety for dental professionals and patients, including specific precautions for pregnant patients.
- Describe the basics of infection control precautions for dental radiographic procedures.
Ellen Dietz-Bourguignon, BS, CDA-Emeritus, earned her bachelor of science degree in allied health education in dental auxiliary utilization and a community college teaching certificate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She began her dental career as an associate-degreed certified dental assistant in private practice. Following a 7-year dental assisting teaching career at Orange County Community College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Erie County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, and Niagara County Community College, she began writing on dental topics for Dental Assisting Magazine, eventually rising to the position of managing editor. Ms. Dietz-Bourguignon has worked in dental marketing, project management, and product development at Semantodontics and in legal administration for the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners. She has published five books in the dental assisting market, including Dental Office Management and Safety Standards and Infection Control for Dental Assistants, and has been keynote speaker at the American Dental Assistants Association Annual Session. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals, including The Dental Assistant, Dentist, The Dental Student, Dental Economics, RDH, and Dental Teamwork.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
- There are no prerequisites for this course.