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This module is part of a 2-volume set. Part I of this module explains the dental assistant’s role in dental radiography procedures; including bitewing and periapical full mouth series radiographs, utilizing the paralleling technique.

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This module is part of a 2-volume set. Part I of this module explains the dental assistant’s role in dental radiography procedures; including bitewing and periapical full mouth series radiographs, utilizing the paralleling technique. The paralleling technique is the most commonly used technique for exposing periapical and bitewing radiographs because it creates the most accurate representation of a tooth image. It refers to the receptor being positioned parallel to the full length (long axis) of the tooth being radiographed. The central x-ray beam is then aligned perpendicular to the tooth being radiographed. Film holding devices, such as the XCP (extension-cone paralleling) device are explained in this module, along with the 5 basic rules for performing the paralleling technique.

Introduction
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.2 - Dental assistant preparation
Step 1.3 - Patient preparation
Step 2 - Bitewing radiograph procedure
Step 2.1 - Film placement and exposure
Step 2.2 - End of procedure
Step 3 - Full-mouth radiograph procedure
Step 3.1 - Film placement and exposure
Step 4 - Complete the procedure
Step 4.1 - Post-procedure steps
Step 4.2 - Film processing
Step 4.2.1 - Darkroom procedures
Step 4.2.2 - Automatic processing
Step 4.2.3 - Manual processing
Step 4.3 - Radiograph mounting
  • Describe pre-procedure considerations for dental radiography procedures utilizing the paralleling technique.
  • Describe and demonstrate the preparation for dental radiography procedures utilizing the paralleling technique.
  • Understand radiation safety protocols for dental radiography procedures.
  • Demonstrate the correct placement and exposure of bitewing radiographs utilizing beam alignment devices for both films and digital sensors.
  • Demonstrate the correct placement and exposure of a full-mouth series of radiographs utilizing the paralleling technique, with beam alignment devices for both films and digital sensors.
  • Understand the correct procedures for processing film.
  • Understand concepts of mounting radiographs.
  • Know the correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Define and demonstrate correct recording and reporting procedures.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Describe clinical safety according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
  • Understand the impact of the state Dental Practice Act.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA), Patient Safety Act, and Patients' Bill of Rights.

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