- Course Number:
- DH 109
- Course Title:
- Dental Radiology I
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Course DescriptionCovers basic theory of dental radiography. Includes intra-oral techniques with emphasis on radiation safety practices and techniques. Corequisites: DH 109L.
Addendum to Course Description
DH 109L will provide basic knowledge and skill in radiation physics, function and operation of dental x-ray equipment, intraoral and selected extraoral radiographic exposure techniques, dental film composition, handling and processing procedures as well as radiograph interpretation. In addition, the student will develop knowledge of the biological effects of radiation and demonstrate an understanding of safety principles for both operator and patients. The student will spend 3 hours per week in laboratory sessions learning exposure techniques on manikins and processing of films. This course meets specific graduation requirements and is a prerequisite to DH 210, Advanced Radiographic Techniques. Co-requisite DH 109 Lecture.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion, students should be able to:
- Understand, relate, and apply radiographic principles and techniques by exposing appropriate diagnostic intraoral radiographs that utilize radiation health and safety standards for the operator and patient.
- Recognize and relate radiology theory and application in preparation for these tested portions on the Dental Hygiene National Board.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Three (3) multiple choice tests
Completion of four (4) online EC courses
Comprehensive Final Exam.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Course Content (Themes, Concepts and Issues)
Dental X-ray Machine Function and Operation
Intraoral Radiographic Exposure Technique
Dental X-ray Film and Film Processing
Intraoral Landmarks and Dental Materials Seen on Radiographs
The ALARA Concept
Patient Education and Communication
Operator and Patient Safety and Protection
Preventing Exposure and Darkroom Errors
Biological Effects of X-rays
Balancing Safety with Need for Diagnostic Radiographs
Legal Aspect of Radiography
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:
- Understand Radiation Health and Safety Standards and OSHA Guidelines while exposingand processing diagnostic radiographs.
- Assess patient radiographic needs.
- Understand how to expose and process diagnostic intra-oral radiographs.
- Understand how to mount, label and document radiograph exposures accurately.
- Self critique work and discuss improvement and corrections needed.
- Use inquiry and listening communication skills
- Utilize critical thinking, decision- making, and time management skills.
- Access professional and research resources.