Radiology for Dental Assistants

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About The Presenter

Dr. J. Stansill Covington III is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biologic and Diagnostic Sciences of The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. He is also Interim Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, The International College of Dentists and The Royal Society of Medicine (London).

He is the recipient of the 2010 College of Dentistry Distinguished Faculty Award and the 2010 Health Science Center Excellence in Teaching Award.

  • May 20-21, 2011 and September 23-24, 2011
  • 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Location: Memphis
  • CE credit: 15 hours
  • Tuition: $475 per assistant.
  • Course Presenter: J. Stansill Covington, DDS
  • Course Registration Form

Course Requirements

Registrants much be registered dental assistants in the State of Tennessee. The required textbook for the course is Radiology for the Dental Professional 9th edition by Frommer and Stabulas-Savage, published by Elsevier Mosby.

Course Description

This course is approved by the Tennessee Board of Dentistry. Continental breakfast, lunch and handouts will be provided.

At the completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basic nature, characteristics and radiological significance of atomic radiations.
  • Describe the nature and significance of radiation absorption-scattering phenomena.
  • Describe the production and quantitative/qualitative control of X-rays.
  • Describe radiographic exposure variables and their relationships.
  • Describe major mechanisms involved in biological responses to ionizing radiations.
  • Describe radiation doses associated with intraoral and extraoral radiographic procedures and background radiation.
  • Communicate radiation doses associated with dental radiography to concerned patients in lay terms.
  • Describe the basic factors in patient and operator radiation protection.
  • Identify by name the intraoral and extraoral image receptors and radiographs used in dentistry.
  • Describe geometric principles of image formation.
  • Describe the nature and characteristics of image receptors including radiographic films, screens, grids, and digital image receptors.
  • Describe and perform intraoral and panoramic radiographic examinations with appropriate infection control measures.
  • Describe processing chemicals, manual & automated film processing.
  • Perform automated film processing, break down and re-assemble automated processors for maintenance.
  • Organize (mount) radiographic examinations.
  • Evaluate the quality of intraoral and panoramic radiographs.
  • Describe State and major NCRP radiation regulations.
  • Describe quality assurance and quality control methods relating to X-ray equipment and darkroom.

The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The University of Tennessee designates this activity for 15 hours continuing education credits.