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06-5631-17003: Advanced Radiology

Course Abstract:

Contact Hours (CEs): The Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training, LLC, designates this activity for 6 continuing education credits (6 CEs).
Cost: $60
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Published: October 2012
Updated: October 2016
Expires: October 2019
Pages: 83
Course Instructor: Martin S. Spiller, DMD
No conflicts of interest are reported by the author or by educational planning committee members.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand kilovoltage and millamperage settings.
  • Understand effects of and practical aspects of radiation safety.
  • Understand guidelines for prescribing and film placement techniques of radiographic surveys.
  • List qualities of excellent x-rays.
  • List common errors and infection control methods.
  • Understand shadow casting principles and tricks.
  • Understand the Clark Shift.
  • Understand CT and cone beam technology.

Course Description

This course begins with a historical summary describing how x-rays were discovered, principles of x-radiation, how x-ray tubes are built and how they work, and the effects and practical aspects of radiation safety. It continues to include common dental imaging terminology, guidelines for prescribing radiographs, intraoral placement techniques, descriptions of various radiographic surveys, and patient management techniques including how to control gagging. The course discusses film processing principles, mounting, infection control, and common errors. It provides information regarding qualities of excellent radiographs and useful techniques that, if mastered, ensure quality x-rays. Shadow casting principles, techniques, and tricks are discussed. Readers are informed how to bisect an angle which overcomes x-ray distortions, and also how to move objects on a radiograph. The Clark Shift and its relation to orthographic surveys is discussed as well as principles of digital radiographic systems, tomography, CT scanning and finally, cone beam computerized tomography. The impact and safety of sensors versus films, and how digital radiography is still creating new technology and impacting dentistry today is also reviewed. Legal ramifications of having and using these technologies in the dental office and a glossary of radiographic terms are included at the end of the course.

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Contact Hours: 6.00
Price: $60.00

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