• Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants

2 Contact Hours

Author(s): Sharon Crowe, RDH, BSDH, MS
Peer Reviewer(s): Laura Jansen Howerton, RDH, MS
Item#: L0270
Contents: 1 Course Book (26 pages)
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Quality Radiographs: A Review of Traditional Film Processing

Price $19.95
Item # L0270
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Original Release Date: July 8, 2011
Review Date: July 6, 2014
Expiration Date: July 5, 2017

This course will cover the basic requirements and steps necessary to process a quality radiographic image. The characteristics of an acceptable radiograph will be reviewed, with emphasis placed on the production of diagnostic images. Manual, automatic, and rapid processing techniques will be discussed, along with the equipment needed to safely and correctly process traditional x-ray film. 

AGD Subject Code: 165

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Course Objectives
  • Define the qualities of a diagnostic radiographic image.
  • Discuss film processing and equipment management for manual, automatic, and rapid processing procedures.
  • Define quality assurance (QA) measures necessary for the production of diagnostic radiographs.
  • Identify processing errors and methods for correction.
  • Discuss digital imaging, including the types of digital imaging, the equipment needed, and the advantages and disadvantages of this type of technology.
Sharon Crowe, RDH, BSDH, MS, graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL with her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and completed her Master of Science Degree from Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, WI. A practicing dental hygienist for 23 years she teaches at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI and works private practice in Oshkosh. Current president of Fox Valley Dental Hygienist's Association, Sharon provides continuing education courses for colleagues and participates in numerous community activities promoting dental health.
Laura Jansen Howerton, RDH, MS, is an instructor in the dental hygiene program at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was a clinical associate professor at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill from 1998–2007 and at The Ohio State University from 1991–1998. Ms. Howerton received her education at The Ohio State University, where she earned a Certificate in Dental Hygiene (1980), a Bachelor of Science degree in Education (1980), and a Master of Science degree from the College of Dentistry, specializing in oral radiology and oral pathology (1991). She has broad private practice experience in both general dentistry and faculty practice. Her teaching interests include oral radiology, oral pathology, and dental anatomy. Ms. Howerton is the co-author of two textbooks: Radiographic Interpretation for the Dental Hygienist and Dental Radiography: Principles and Techniques.
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  • 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.
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.