Presentation on theme: "Dental Radiographs and the Dental Radiographer"— Presentation transcript:
1 Dental Radiographs and the Dental Radiographer DHYG 116Oral Radiology IChristine Harwood, MS, RDH
2 Dental Radiography Questions Why are dental radiographs important? What common dental conditions may be found on dental radiographs?What responsibilities may be assigned to the dental radiographer in a dental office?
4 Objectives Define key words: radiograph, radiographer Discuss the importance of dental radiographsList the uses of dental radiographsList examples of common dental conditions that my be evident on a dental radiographDiscuss the knowledge and skill requirements of the dental radiographerList the responsibilities that may be assignedDiscuss the professional goals of the dental radiographer
5 Dental Radiographs Dental radiograph A photographic image produced on film by the passage of x-rays through teeth and supporting structures
6 The Importance of Dental Radiographs A necessary component of comprehensive careEssential for diagnostic purposesEnable the dental professional to identify many conditions that may otherwise go undetected
7 Uses of Dental Radiographs Detection of diseases, lesions, and conditions of the teeth and bones that cannot be identified clinicallyConfirming suspected diseasesAssisting in the localization of lesions and foreign objects
8 Benefits of Dental Radiographs Haring (p. 141)Primary benefit is detection of diseaseThe benefit far outweighs the risk of small doses of x-radiation
9 Information Found on Dental Radiographs Haring (pp )Missing teethExtra teethImpacted teethDental cariesPeriodontal diseaseTooth abnormalitiesRetained rootsCysts and tumors
10 The Dental Radiographer Knowledge and Skill RequirementsDuties and ResponsibilitiesProfessional Goals
11 The Dental Radiographer Any person who positions, exposes, and processes dental x-ray film
12 Knowledge and Skill Requirements Haring (p. 142)Basic understanding of radiation historyWorking knowledge of radiation physics, characteristics, biology, and protectionFamiliar with dental x-ray equipment, film, image characteristics, processing, and quality assurancePatient management basicsTechnique concepts and technical skills
13 Duties and Responsibilities May include:Positioning and exposure of dental x-ray filmsProcessing of dental x-ray filmsMounting and identification of dental radiographsEducation of patientsMaintenance of darkroom facilities and processing equipmentImplementation and monitoring of quality control proceduresOrdering of film and supplies
14 Professional Goals Patient protection Operator protection Haring (pp )Patient protectionOperator protectionPatient educationOperator competenceOperator efficiencyProduction of quality radiographs
15 Syllabus Review Read through the syllabus, & review schedule Discuss learning objectivesGo to WebCT to check assignmentsThis is a hybrid course (web-hosted). You will have two lectures in class and one lab per week.Lecture notes ( PPT’s) will be posted on WebCT as .pdf files, so you will need to have Adobe loadedQuizzes may be either paper or on WebCT, so be sure to bring your computers to class.