Dentist: Dental Radiation Health: Safety and Protection in the Digital Age Updated 1st Edition

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About Course #L0878

Review Date: February 3, 2017

Expiration Date: December 31, 2020

Original Release Date: June 10, 2014

Radiation safety remains a top concern for the general public, and the dental professional needs to stay up to date on the latest research and current thinking on radiation safety and protection. This basic-level course reviews the biologic effects of radiation, the methods used in radiation measurement, and the potential sources of radiation exposure. This course discusses radiation safety and protection measures for both patients and dental healthcare workers. Perhaps most important, this course prepares all dental professionals including dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants to accurately respond to patient questions and concerns about radiation safety in dentistry.

AGD Subject Code: 165

Course Objectives

  • Describe the biologic effects of radiation.
  • Explain how radiation exposure is measured.
  • Identify the different sources and amounts of natural and human-made radiation exposure.
  • Identify methods for reducing patients' and dental professionals' exposure to radiation.
  • Answer common patient questions regarding radiation health and safety.

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

This course should not be taken with L0853 - Dental Radiation Health: Safety and Protection in the Digital Age, Updated 1st Edition

About the Author(s)

Laura Jansen Howerton, RDH, MS, is an instructor in the dental hygiene program at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was a clinical associate professor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill from 1998 to 2007 and at The Ohio State University from 1991 to 1998. Ms. Howerton received her education at The Ohio State University, where she earned a certificate in dental hygiene (1980), a bachelor of science degree in education (1980), and a master of science degree from the College of Dentistry, specializing in oral radiology and oral pathology (1991). She has broad private practice experience in both general dentistry and faculty practice. Her teaching interests include oral radiology, oral pathology, and dental anatomy. Ms. Howerton is the coauthor of two textbooks: Radiographic Interpretation for the Dental Hygienist and Dental Radiography: Principles and Techniques.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

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