This course introduces students to the basic science of radiation including its discovery, history and modern use within the dental profession. Participants study the necessary equipment and supplies for the various types of dental images that are utilized in the dental profession. This course teaches students to critique radiographic images and explain the cause and effect of various equipment and armamentaria adjustments. Students review tips for gaining patient cooperation and a variety of techniques for exposing radiographic images intra- and extra-orally. The course will focus on digital radiography with a brief overview of the evolution of dental x-rays from film-based radiography to digital sensor radiography. Students will identify and describe anatomical landmarks and dental anomalies on radiographic images, including whether they are radiolucent or radiopaque. Quality assurance and the “As Low As Responsibly Acceptable” (ALARA) principle are also addressed. Participants study the biological effects of radiation exposure on patients and staff, and the purpose, equipment, and processes for radiation monitoring.
Minimum Credits: 3 Length: 33 hours Prerequisites: None Delivery Method: On-campus Cost: $1.00 Course Outline: https://sps.cotr.bc.ca/Outlines/Course Outlines/DENT135.pdf