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Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology Theory 1

Course Director: Peggy Lee
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Spring / 1

Course Overview

Dental radiography uses ionizing radiation; thus, it is essential that all dental personnel maintain knowledge of radiographic techniques and radiation safety to perform clinical procedures. The course reviews current knowledge of radiation physics, biology, and protection and imaging principles, as well as techniques. The most common pathology in dentistry will also be discussed. The course is a didactic experience and will be conducted using lectures aided by online videos.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Discuss the principles of radiation physics.
2. Describe the biologic effects of ionizing radiation.
3. Discuss the principles and techniques of commonly used diagnostic imaging techniques in general dental practice.
4. Interpret two- and three-dimensional dental and maxillofacial radiographs.
5. Determine which types of and how many dental radiographs are needed on an individual basis.
6. Use digital imaging software tools.
7. Explain to patients the benefits and potential risks of the use of diagnostic ionizing radiation.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-10, CE-02, CE-03, C-03, CE-06, C-09, C-12, C-13, CE-05

Date last updated: 2024-03-21