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Dental Courses

DENT 1114

Dental Radiology

Credits: 4

Description: The lecture component of this course includes an overview of the history of x-ray development, a review of basic mathematics and radiation physics as they apply to x-ray production and radiographic quality, darkroom chemistry, radiation hygiene and safety, interpretation of normal anatomy and dental film analysis, radiographic interpretation and evaluation, and quality assurance issues. Lab sessions will allow the learner to develop radiographic skills, and clinic sessions create an opportunity for learners to enhance their efficiency in radiographic technique. Prerequisite(s): ENGL0100, MATH0080 or appropriate assessment score.

Credit Breakdown: 2/2/0 (Lecture/Lab/On the job training)


This course should help you gain the following abilities and competencies.


Core Abilities

  1. Demonstrate thinking/active learning skills.
  2. Demonstrate technology skills.


  1. Evaluate radiographs to identify and correct errors related to operator technique and/or film processing.
  2. Demonstrate compliance with proper radiographic hygiene, environmental and infection control protocols during radiographic procedures.
  3. Locate and identify normal anatomical landmarks, common pathological conditions and other anomolies seen on dental radiographs.
  4. Demonstrate professional behavior.
  5. Demonstrate acceptable radiographic processing, film duplication and radiographic equipment maintenance.
  6. Demonstrate exposure techniques of various radiographic surveys.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of the legal and ethical issues related to dental radiography.
  8. Apply the components of a quality assurance program and its significant impact on compliance with the ALARA concept.
  9. Identify the characteristics of image quality and the factors that influence the radiographic image.
  10. Demonstrate general knowledge of basic principles and concepts radiation physics and biology.
  11. Explain exposure techniques of various radiographic surveys.
  12. Examine use of radiography in the dental practice.

Guidelines for Success


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, learners are encouraged to register with the Learning Services Director in the Learning Enrichment Center for assistance with accommodations. It is the learner's responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially disclose information regarding the nature and extent of a disability. The college cannot assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to learners who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability.

Last Updated: 2011-05-23
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