2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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DHYG 272 Dental Imaging I (2 credits)

Prerequisite Current enrollment in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene program.

Course Description
An introductory course in dental radiology. Includes the history and principles of dental radiology, study of biological effects and patient safety, recommendations for dental radiographic examinations, and digital intra-oral dental radiographic techniques.

Student Outcomes
1. Describe the history of dental radiology.
2. Explain the physical principles and biological effects involved in the production and clinical use of radiation (radiobiological health).
3. Consistently and accurately describe and employ maximum radiation safety and asepsis procedures.
4. Using the American Dental Association’s (ADA guidelines) for dental radiographic examinations, accurately determine and recommend a patient’s dental radiographic examination needs.
5. Describe the various factors which influence density, contrast, definition and distortion of radiographic images.
6. Explain the difference between interpretation and diagnosis and the roles of dental personnel in each.
7. Consistently demonstrate accurate evaluation of intra-oral dental radiographs.
8. Accurately describe and identify the image characteristics of diagnostic radiographs.
9. Demonstrate correct techniques to create diagnostic bite-wing, periapical, full-mouth radiographic, and panoramic surveys using aseptic protocol.
10. Explain the principles of shadow-casting in relationship to the paralleling technique.
11. Correctly and consistently demonstrate use of dental imaging software in computer patient management systems by exposing, evaluating, recording, interpreting and storing digital radiographs.
12. Identify digital intra-oral technique errors and demonstrate correction and prevention of these errors.

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