Aug 07, 2020
DH 120 - Dental Radiography I
Credit Hours: 1
The technical aspects of dental radiographic imaging are covered. Lectures include an overview of radiation history, radiation safety and the ALARA principle, a discussion of dental films and digital sensors, intra-oral techniques, film exposure factors and image formation, film processing and mounting, basic image interpretation, quality control techniques and the care and maintenance of dental radiographic equipment. Minimum passing grade is "C-".
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- discuss the rationale for taking dental radiographs;
- comprehend basic radiation safety and protection procedures used in dental radiology;
- describe the process of mounting dental films;
- associate basic geometric theories and principles of the four intra-oral techniques used in the acquisition of quality dental radiographs;
- identify errors and artifacts associated with intraoral technique or processing;
- distinguish various types of radiographic film and image receptors utilized in dentistry;
- explain the details of film processing, and the requirements of a functional darkroom; and
- summarize quality assurance measures as they apply to dental radiography.
Corequisites: All required fall semester, first year courses in the Dental Hygiene or Dental Assisting curricula.
Concurrent Registration: DH 121
Withdrawal from or failure of a required course prevents further progression in the curriculum. General education courses may be taken earlier than indicated but may not be taken later than the prescribed schedule.