Dental Radiation Safety Certification:
To become certified to take dental x-rays in Virginia.
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Lecture: CE Credits - 4
Location: VCU School of Dentistry - Perkinson Bldg Rm 3121, 1101 E. Leigh Street
Richmond, VA 23298
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Early Registration Fee (before June 28th): $150.00
Registration Fee: $160.00
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.
• 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: 100
Registration Ends: 7/11/2014 12:00 PM (ET)