Jan 19, 2021  
Spring 2019 Catalog 
Spring 2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

DH 180 - Dental Radiography II

Credit Hours: 1

This course is a continuation of Dental Radiography I (DH 120).  The fundamentals of dental radiography are explored in greater depth.  Lectures will cover an overview of radiation history, patient management, special needs patients, clinical judgment and legal considerations for identifying patient needs for radiographic images, radiation physics and biology, and extraoral imaging.  Supplemental techniques will be discussed and include extraoral radiography, digital imaging, and CBCT scans.  Minimum required passing grade is "C-."

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • delineate events significant to the development of Radiography in Dentistry;
  • summarize the importance of patient management skills and patient education for the acquisition of dental images;
  • examine legal issues related to dental radiology;
  • assess factors identified in patient's medical/dental history, clinical assessment, and guidelines established by the FDA for prescribing dental radiographs to meet the individual radiographic need of patients;
  • describe how basic physics principles are applied to the charactristic of radiation and x-radiation;
  • illustrate the production of dental radiation, including the components of the dental x-ray machine and how it functions;
  • decribe radiographic image quality and discuss how quantitative factors influence image quality;
  • understand radiation biology and the effects of radiation on living tissues;
  • discuss procedures and management techniques for use with pediatric and special needs patients; and
  • identify auxiliary radiographic techniques and the rationale for using them in dentistry.

Prerequisites: All required first semester courses in the Dental Hygiene curriculum must be passed.
Corequisites: All required spring semester, first year courses in the Dental Hygiene curriculum.
Concurrent Registration: DH 181
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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.