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03-5631-19014: Radiography Safety

Course Abstract:

Contact Hours (CE): The Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training, LLC, designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits (3 CEs).
Cost: $30.00
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Published: October 2012
Reviewed: February 2020
Expires: February 2023
Pages: 40
Course Instructors: Megan Wright, RDH, MS
No conflicts of interest are reported by the authors or by educational planning committee members.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand the FDA’s role in the regulation and promotion of radiation safety in clinical dentistry.
  • Know updated FDA recommendations for patient selection criteria in prescribing dental radiographs.
  • Understand basic radiography technique and rationale for clinical choices in types of dental radiography.
  • Review criteria for radiographic screening with regard to patient medical history, clinical presentation, and risk assessment.
  • Know clinical methods to limit radiation exposure for operator and patient.
  • Know the recommendations from the FDA for particular clinical situations.

Course Description

The guidelines titled, The Selection of Patients for X-Ray Examination, were first developed in 1987 by a panel of dental experts convened by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The development of the guidelines at that time was spurred by concern about the U.S. population’s total exposure to radiation from all sources. Thus, the guidelines were developed to promote the appropriate use of x-rays. In 2002, the American Dental Association, recognizing that dental technology and science continually advance, recommended to the FDA that the guidelines be reviewed for possible updating. The FDA welcomed organized dentistry’s interest in maintaining the guidelines, and so the American Dental Association, in collaboration with a number of dental specialty organizations and the FDA, published updated guidelines in 2004. This report updates the 2004 guidelines and includes recommendations for limiting exposure to radiation. These materials issued by the FDA are in the public domain and dental professionals are encouraged to use the information to make better clinical choices for patient and operator safety.

About the Author

Ms. Wright is a continuing education editor and writer as well as a Temp PRN with agencies in the Washington State area. Ms. Wright earned her MS at the UNM and Pierce College of Washington State in 1997 and certification in Utilization of the 970 Diode Laser and Safety in Dentistry in February of 2015. Ms. Wright works to implement Dental Education seminars as a Hospital-Dental Liaison building collaborative, mutual efforts to promote patient wellness between medical practitioners and dentists while prioritizing care for untreated, medially compromised patients.

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Contact Hours: 3.00
Price: $30.00

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