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Dental Radiography

Course Number: 10508103
Credits: 2.00

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Course Description

10-508-103 DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY APPLICATIONS...prepares dental auxiliary students to operate x-ray units and expose bitewing, periapical, extra oral, and occlusal radiographs. Emphasis is placed on protection against x-ray hazards. Students also process, mount, and evaluate radiographs for diagnostic value. In this course students demonstrate competency on a manikin. In addition, students expose bitewing radiographs on a peer, role-play patient. (Prerequisite: 10-508-101, Dent Health Safety; Corequisite: 10-508-102, Oral Anat & Hist OR 31-508-304, Dental & General Anat)

Course Typically Offered

  • Fall
  • Spring

Length of Course

Course Competencies

  1. Illustrate how dental imaging technology has progressed since its first use to the ways in which it is used in providing dental health care today
  2. Explain how the process of exposing dental images works
  3. Apply principles of radiation safety to patient and operator
  4. Operate the x-ray equipment
  5. Select the image receptor for an image
  6. Process images of diagnostic quality
  7. Produce images of diagnostic quality
  8. Manage patients during the imaging process
  9. Use proper infection control procedures while producing images
  10. Expose bitewing images
  11. Expose periapicals using the paralleling technique
  12. Expose periapicals and occlusals using the bisecting angle technique
  13. Illustrate how extraoral images integrate with the use of intraoral images in dentistry
  14. Mount images using anatomical landmarks
  15. Evaluate images for diagnostic value
  16. Interpret dental imaging findings