Part II: Radiation safety and protection procedures, intraoral anatomical and patient management strategies, and troubleshooting common errors
A Peer-Reviewed Publication Written by Gail F. Williamson, RDH, MS
Once it has been determined that radiographic images are necessary, it is the responsibility of the dentist to not only ensure that optimal images are obtained but also that they are acquired at the lowest possible dose of radiation. There are a variety of best practices that together can reduce exposure to the patient and the clinician alike. These practices are necessary components of the overall radiographic protocol for patient imaging.
The use of digital receptors can present challenges for clinicians and patients. Anatomical variations and patient comfort must be considered when taking intraoral images. Endodontic and pediatric imaging are examples of situations which demand optimal technical and patient management skills. Finally, recognizing common errors is important to their correction and ultimately to prevent recurrence.
The goal of this course is to provide the reader with contemporary information on intraoral digital radiography to optimize results. Upon completion of Part II of this course, the reader will be able to:
1. list and describe best practices for patient and clinician radiation safety and protection;
2. list and describe the adjustments in technique necessary to accommodate anatomy, gagging, discomfort, placement difficulties, and other challenging clinical situations;
3. list and describe common errors that occur when taking intraoral digital images and the corrections to apply when these errors occur.
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