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Review Date: February 17, 2017
Expiration Date: February 16, 2020
Original Release Date: July 30, 2013
The use of high-speed film, rare-earth intensifying screens, digital radiography, rectangular collimation, long tubes, and other radiographic equipment and techniques have made radiographic use in the dental office easier and safer for dental professionals and patients. Both conventional and digital radiology continue to play an important role in the practice of dentistry, and the field of dental radiology evolves with advances in technology and techniques that cut patient radiation exposure dramatically.
This basic-level course is designed as a review of radiography for dental professionals. The course addresses different types of radiographic equipment, compares intraoral and extraoral film, discusses film positioning devices and paralleling techniques, and describes extraoral film projections. Types of digital receptors and the use of intensifying screens are also presented.
The course discusses common radiographic techniques and challenges, including common radiographic mistakes, working with patients with a severe gag reflex, dimple-down techniques, paralleling techniques, focal lengths, and collimation. Darkroom and film processing techniques, including the proper use of safelights and film baths, are explained along with common radiographic and processing errors. The course emphasizes the importance of standardized, consistent film mounting in the darkroom for accurate interpretation of patient x-rays.
The content of this course is helpful in training new staff members as well as refreshing the knowledge of seasoned personnel; dental professionals can also review the material to enhance diagnostic accuracy and reduce patient exposure to radiation.
AGD Subject Code: 165
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.
- Identify different types of radiographic equipment.
- Describe common radiographic techniques and challenges.
- Describe darkroom, film processing, and film mounting techniques.
Ronald M. Mancini, DDS, maintains a private dental practice in Bethesda, Maryland. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Maryland State Dental Association (MSDA), and the Southern Maryland Dental Society (SMDS). Dr. Mancini has held several positions with the SMDS, including those of trustee, president, vice president, treasurer, and editor, as well as serving as a delegate and head of the delegation to the MSDA House of Delegates.
- 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.