Learning Objectives

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.