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1 Dental Radiographs and the Dental Radiographer DHYG 116 Oral Radiology I Christine 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?

3 Dental Radiography  Chapter 11 reading:  Haring (pp )

4 Objectives  Define key words: radiograph, radiographer  Discuss the importance of dental radiographs  List the uses of dental radiographs  List examples of common dental conditions that my be evident on a dental radiograph  Discuss the knowledge and skill requirements of the dental radiographer  List the responsibilities that may be assigned  Discuss 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 care  Essential for diagnostic purposes  Enable 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 clinically  Confirming suspected diseases  Assisting in the localization of lesions and foreign objects

8 Benefits of Dental Radiographs  Haring (p. 141)  Primary benefit is detection of disease  The benefit far outweighs the risk of small doses of x-radiation

9 Information Found on Dental Radiographs  Haring (pp )  Missing teeth  Extra teeth  Impacted teeth  Dental caries  Periodontal disease  Tooth abnormalities  Retained roots  Cysts and tumors

10 The Dental Radiographer  Knowledge and Skill Requirements  Duties and Responsibilities  Professional 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 history  Working knowledge of radiation physics, characteristics, biology, and protection  Familiar with dental x-ray equipment, film, image characteristics, processing, and quality assurance  Patient management basics  Technique concepts and technical skills

13 Duties and Responsibilities  May include:  Positioning and exposure of dental x-ray films  Processing of dental x-ray films  Mounting and identification of dental radiographs  Education of patients  Maintenance of darkroom facilities and processing equipment  Implementation and monitoring of quality control procedures  Ordering of film and supplies

14 Professional Goals  Haring (pp )  Patient protection  Operator protection  Patient education  Operator competence  Operator efficiency  Production of quality radiographs

15 Syllabus Review 1. Read through the syllabus, & review schedule 2. Discuss learning objectives 3. Go to WebCT to check assignments  This 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 loaded  Quizzes may be either paper or on WebCT, so be sure to bring your computers to class.


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