Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Dentistry
Continuing Education

Dental Radiation Safety Certification

To become certified to take dental x-rays in Virginia.

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Dentists, Office Staff
Format: Lecture, Question and Answer Session
CE Credit Hours: 4.00 CEUs Lecture
Early Registration Fee: (before April 26th): $150.00
Registration Fee: $160.00
Location: VCU School of Dentistry - Perkinson Bldg Rm 3121, 1101 E. Leigh Street
Richmond, VA 23298
Map to Event: [Click here for directions]

Laurie Carter received her D.D.S., Certificate of Proficiency in Oral Pathology and M.A. and Ph,D. degrees in Experimental Pathology from the SUNY at Buffalo. She is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (AAOMP) and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR). She is currently Professor and Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and Director of Advanced Dental Education at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.

Laurie has published numerous articles and book chapters. She has served on the editorial board of Journal of Dental Education, Implant Dentistry, Journal of Investigative Surgery, and Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontology. Research interests include correlation of radiographic patterns of disease with histopathology, biochemical measurements and biologic behavior as well as correlation of calcified atheromatous plaque in the carotid vasculature with risk for stroke.

She is a Past-President of the Diagnostic Systems Group of the International Association for Dental Research where she developed a symposium entitled Saliva/Oral Fluid-Based Diagnostic Markers of Disease, published in Advances in Dental Research. Dr. Carter is Past- President of AAOMR and has recently completed a 4 year term on the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. Laurie is currently a member of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) and Consulting Editor for the JADA Specialty Scan Radiology. She is a well-known speaker at national and international CE programs and participates in faculty practice at the VCU School of Dentistry.

Course Description and Topics:
This presentation will provide the dental auxillary with knowledge regarding the production and safe use of ionizing radiation within the dental office.

◊ The nature of radiation and types of interaction of radiation with matter will be presented.
◊ The nature of various natural and man-made radiation and occupational and nonoccupational dose limits will be discussed.
◊ The principles of justification, optimization and dose limitation for patient radiation protection will be illustrated by a review of patient selection criteria, imaging modalities, source-to-skin distance, rectangular collimation, filtration, constant potential x-ray machines, kVp, mAs, film and sensor-holding devices, leaded aprons and collars.
◊ Risks vs. diagnostic benefits of dental radiographs and the subject of retake radiographs will be covered.
◊ Operator (personnel) radiation protection will include the basic methods to reduce occupational exposure, inclusive of position, distance, shielding and radiation dosimetry.
◊ Examples of radiation-induced damage will be reviewed, along with a discussion of the known and unknown effects of low-dose radiation.
◊ Finally, the need for continuing education on radiation safety and protection as new information is acquired will be stressed, as acquiring knowledge and developing and maintaining skills is a life-long process.

Educational Objectives: Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:
• Describe how ionizing radiation is produced in an x-ray generator.
• Discuss the various modes of interaction of radiation with matter.
• Discuss selection criteria for dental radiographic studies.
• Describe occupational and public dose limits.
• Discuss practical principles of radiation protection for the patient and for the operator.
• Describe circumstances under which retake radiographs should be made.
• Discuss effects of low-dose radiation

Remaining Spaces: 8

Registration Ends: 5/10/2014 12:00 PM


VCU School 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. VCU School of Dentistry designates this activity for a total of 4.00 continuing education credits.



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School of Dentistry
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