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Course Content and Outcome Guide for DH 109L

Course Number:
DH 109L
Course Title:
Dental Radiology I (Lab)
Credit Hours:
1
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
30
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

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 requirments and is a prerequisite to DH 210, Advanced Radiographic Techniques.  Co-requisite DH 109 Lecture.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Successful completion of the following on a dental manikin:

  • 4 full mouth radiographc surveys
  • 5 adult bitewing radiographic surveys
  • 1 pediatric bitewing radiographic survey
  • 1 distal oblique radiographic survey
  • 1 timed team project
  • 1 final practical lab exam.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

CONCEPTS, THEMES, AND ISSUES

  • Radiation Physics
  • 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:

1. Follow Radiation Health and Safety Standards and OSHA Guidelines while exposing
and processing diagnostic radiographs.
2. Assess patient radiographic needs;
3. Expose and process diagnostic intra-oral radiographs on manikin.
4. Mount, label and document radiograph exposures accurately
5. Self critique work and discuss improvement and corrections needed.
6. Use inquiry and listening communication skills
7. Utilize critical thinking, decision- making, and time management skills
8. Access professional and research resources.