Radiographic Selection Criteria
COURSE NUMBER: 584
Gail F. Williamson, Professor Emerita
This continuing education course will present and discuss the guidelines for prescribing radiographic examinations to assist dentists in the appropriate selection of patients for radiographic examinations. Clinicians must use clinical judgm...
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This continuing education course will present and discuss the guidelines for prescribing radiographic examinations to assist dentists in the appropriate selection of patients for radiographic examinations. Clinicians must use clinical judgment to determine the type, frequency, and extent of each radiographic examination. Radiographic imaging should be individualized for each patient and should never be based on administrative or arbitrary requirements such as insurance needs or a fixed time schedule. The goal of applying radiographic guidelines is to eliminate unnecessary exposures in adherence to the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) Principle while maximizing diagnostic yield. The guideline recommendations are based on findings from the scientific literature.
The information in this 12-module syllabus is intended (1) to meet elements of initial educational/training requirements for Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, and Dental Assistant Students related to dental radiography; (2) to provide a framework for an in-service training program in oral healthcare settings to meet annual educational/training requirements as mandated by federal, state, local and professional organizations; and (3) to serve as a resource for oral healthcare personnel wishing to review evidence-based information on specific topics related to dental radiography. A PDF is available for each module that may serve as a convenient resource.
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students
Date Course Online:
Feb 3, 2020
Last Revision Date:
Course Expiration Date:
Feb 2, 2023
AGD Subject Code(s):
Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
- Discuss the rationale for using selection criteria for prescribing radiographic examinations for dental patients.
- Describe the importance of informed consent for radiographic examinations.
- Identify situations in which dental radiographs are not indicated nor justified.
- Outline the selection criteria guidelines for the new patient in the following categories: primary dentition, transitional dentition, adolescent, dentate adult and edentulous adult.
- Discuss the selection criteria guidelines for the recall patient in the following categories including high and low risk factors for caries: child with primary dentition, child with transitional dentition, adolescents, adult dentate patients.
- Select the appropriate radiographic survey for patients with active periodontal disease or a history of periodontal treatment.
- Select the appropriate radiographic survey for the evaluation of growth and development in the following categories: child with primary dentition, child with transitional dentition, adolescents.
- Given a patient scenario, identify the historical factors, clinical signs, symptoms, risk factors and then, recommend an individualized radiographic examination based on selection criteria.
- Discuss methods to reduce radiation exposure to dental patients.
- Identify ways to limit occupational exposure to dental radiation workers.
P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein. Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice. Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.
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