This course will discuss the discovery of radiation, how it works and is absorbed in the body, and technological developments over the last century, to enable the clinician to understand the radiological concept and be better able to explain to patients the purpose and importance of acquiring radiographs. Dental clinicians will learn how to discuss safety protocols with patients. By obtaining qualitative diagnostic radiographs to treatment plan and perform optimal dental treatment, unnecessary health care and dental costs can be reduced. Dental radiographs are also useful for detecting pathology that is undetectable with a clinical oral exam, identifying plaques in the carotid artery, and assisting in human identification in dental forensics.
- Define radiation and explain how radiation exposure is measured.
- Identify x-ray components and their functions.
- Identify key innovators in the discovery of radiation.
- Define the ALARA philosophy.
About the Author
Lacy Walker, BS, RDH, CDA, MAADH, FAAOSH, is a registered dental hygienist, speaker, author, and owner of Shared Hygiene LLC, with 25 years of experience in the dental field. She has worked in a psychiatric hospital as well as in cosmetic, DSO, periodontal, and general private practices. Lacy is also the CE director for A Tale of Two Hygienists podcast, a fellow with AAOSH, the public relations chair for the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, and one of the founding members of RDH Connect. Lacy is passionate about the oral-systemic connection and has been published in DrBicuspid, RDH magazine, Dental Academy of Continuing Education, and RDHConnect. Lacy can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, @lacyrdh, @Shygienist, or by visiting sharedhygiene.com.
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