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02-5631-21004: Essential Tips for Dental Radiographers

Course Abstract:

Contact Hours (CE): The Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training, LLC, designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits (2 CEs).
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Published: May 2010
Updated: December 2021
Expires December 2024
Pages: 39
Course Instructor: Martin S. Spiller, DMD
Health Science Editor Megan Wright, RDH, MS
No conflicts of interest are reported by the author or by educational planning committee members.

Educational Objectives:

At the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

Name the main series of dental x-rays.
List all the qualities of excellent x-rays and know the steps to achieve them.
Understand the benefits and drawbacks of implementing digital radiology in a dental office.
Describe proper processing techniques for exposed film.
List common X-Ray Operator errors and ways to avoid them.

Course Description

This course begins its discussion with shadow casting techniques, the Clark Shift, and then continues to examine intraoral film placement, descriptions of radiographic surveys, and patient management techniques including how to control gagging. The course discusses film processing principles, mounting, infection control, and common operator errors. It provides information regarding qualities of excellent radiographs and useful techniques that, if mastered, ensure quality x-rays.

This course reviews the requirements for Ohio Dental Assistants which states that all persons licensed to practice as a dental assistant radiographer and required to register with the state dental board shall provide proof to the board at the time of applying for a renewal of registration that in the preceding two years the registrant has completed a minimum of two hours of continuing education in dental radiation technology.

About the Authors

Dr. Martin Spiller graduated in 1978 from Tufts School of Dental Medicine. He is licensed in the state of Massachusetts and has been practicing general dentistry in Townsend, MA since 1984. Upon graduation from dental school, Dr. Spiller spent four years as a U.S. Army officer. During this time he attended a dental general practice residency in which he received training in numerous dental specialties including: oral surgery, endodontics, pedodontics, and orofacial surgical techniques and facial trauma. In 2000, he began work on a general dentistry website ( The intention at first was to educate the general public about dental procedures and the concepts behind them. Eventually, the website became popular with dental professional Students. Dr. Spiller was asked to write this course based on academic study, hard won experience in the practice of dentistry, and his proven ability to write clear and concise content.

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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