Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate intraoral and panoramic radiological imaging on manikins utilizing correct safety precautions, positioning, exposure settings, and processing or image capture techniques.
2. Demonstrate intraoral and panoramic radiological imaging on patients utilizing correct infection control, safety precautions, positioning, exposure settings, and processing or image capture techniques.
3. Discuss principles of infection control utilized in operatory preparation, film or sensor use, and processing contaminated film.
4. Implement appropriate radiation protective measures for the protection of the operator and the patient utilizing the ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) principle.
5. Discuss the use of quality control measures to assure the production of diagnostic images.
6. Discuss safety and environmental responsibilities for dental radiography.
7. Demonstrate anatomical film mounting.
8. Discuss the advantages and disadvantage of panoramic radiography.
9. Define the roles of the dental auxiliary and the dentist in image evaluation, interpretation and diagnosis.
10. Evaluate intraoral and panoramic images for errors based on diagnostic image criteria.
11. Identify normal anatomical landmarks of the maxilla and mandible on intraoral and panoramic images.
12. Identify normal dental anatomy.
13. Recognize deviations from normal anatomy resulting from trauma, disease, and developmental conditions.
14. Recognize the classifications of carious lesions on images and the factors that would influence interpretation.
15. Describe the appearance on images of alveolar bone loss associated with periodontal disease.
16. Describe the appearance on images of restorative materials such as amalgam, porcelain, gold, cements, and composites.
17. Describe the appearance on images of calcifications such as calculus, pulp stones, and sialoliths.
18. Describe the purpose and uses of supplemental intraoral imaging techniques.
19. Demonstrate the supplemental imaging techniques of occlusal, buccal object, distal-oblique third molar, vertical bitewings and pedodontic bitewings utilizing correct positioning and exposure settings.
20. Describe the uses of extraoral imaging and the purpose of each of the extraoral projections.
21. Compare and contrast conventional film and digital imaging with respect to radiation exposure, equipment, image capture, maintenance and convenience.
22. Describe modifications in technique for special needs patients, patients with a gag reflex and pedodontic patients.
23. Demonstrate duplication of films.
I. Intraoral imaging
A. Equipment preparation
B. Patient preparation
C. Infection control
D. Quality assurance
E. Safety precautions
F. Processing or image capture
II. Panoramic images
A. Advantages and disadvantages
B. Equipment preparation
C. Patient positioning
D. Infection control
E. Quality assurance
F. Safety precautions
G. Processing or image capture
III. Infection control
A. Cross contamination
IV. Quality assurance
C. Image receptors
E. Monitoring and record keeping
V. Safety and environmental responsibilities
B. Use and disposal of chemicals and lead
VI. Patient management
A. Special needs patients
B. Patient management techniques
VII. Radiographic landmarks
B. Normal landmarks of the skull
C. Dental anatomy
VIII. Image evaluation
B. Corrections of errors
IX. Image interpretation
B. Dental caries
C. Restorations and dental materials
E. Periodontal disease
G. Deviations from normal anatomy
X. Supplemental intraoral techniques
XI. Extraoral imaging
B. Types of projections
XII. Duplicating films
XIII. Digital radiography
B. Types of digital imaging
C. Comparison to conventional film
1. Reading from text (10-15 pages per week)
2. Skill demonstrations
a. Manikin imaging; occlusal, distal-oblique, localization, vertical and pedodontic bitewings
b. Film duplication
d. Panoramic image; student placement
e. Manikin imaging: 1 digital full mouth survey
f. Patient images: 4 adult full mouth surveys, 1 pedodontic survey and 1 panoramic survey
3. Problem solving
a. Evaluation and interpretations (10-15)
4. Quizzes (4-8) midterm, written and laboratory final.
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
0 - 0%
|This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
30 - 40%
|Evaluations with interpretations.||
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
30 - 40%
|4 adult full mouth surveys; 1 pedodontic survey; 1 panoramic survey; manikin images, occlusal, localization, distal-oblique, vertical and pedodontic bitewings and digital survey; film duplication.||
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
20 - 30%
|Midterm, quizzes, and written and laboratory final.||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
0 - 0%
Essentials of Dental Radiography for Dental Assistants and Hygienists, Thomson E. M. and Johnson, O. N. Pearson Education, Inc. 9th Ed. 2012.
Exercises in Oral Radiography Techniques, A Laboratory Manual, Thomson, E. M. Pearson Education, Inc. 3rd Ed. 2012.
Torres, Ehrlich Modern Dental Assisting, Bird D.and Robinson, D., W.B. Saunders, 10th Ed., 2012