Proper patient care includes a complete oral examination and obtaining diagnostic intraoral and/or extraoral radiographs when indicated in accordance with radiographic selection criteria.1 Radiographic images are essential for proper patient diagnosis, treatment and re-evaluation. Radiographic images are especially useful in the diagnosis and treatment of dental caries, periodontal bone loss, periapical pathology and for making other observations relevant to patient treatment such as changes in the bone pattern, anatomical variations in tooth anatomy and surrounding anatomical structures. It is imperative that dental professionals are well versed in technique and competent in taking intraoral radiographs to ensure diagnostically acceptable images are produced, while keeping the amount of radiation exposure to patients at a minimum.
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Syllabus: Dental Radiology
The information in this 10-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.