Dental Radiology: Controlling Infection, Updated 1st Edition - L0746


About Course #L0746

Release Date: July 31, 2013

Review Date: June 14, 2019

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Although there is no direct evidence indicating that dental radiographic procedures are a major cause of disease transmission, dental professionals cannot ignore infection control practices in dental radiology. Both digital and film-based radiography pose opportunities to cross-contaminate equipment and environmental surfaces with blood or saliva. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Dental Association have addressed specific infection control practices to decrease the potential for cross-contamination in dental radiology and reduce the likelihood of disease transmission.

This basic-level course describes the CDC and ADA guidelines, recommendations, and procedures necessary to control cross-contamination and infection that is possible with dental radiography. This course provides dental professionals with information regarding the recommended infection control practices that can significantly reduce cross-contamination in dental radiology, thus protecting patients and practitioners alike. The course examines infection control procedures at different stages and in different settings of radiology, including film exposure, film processing, extraoral procedures, and during the use of digital radiography.

AGD Subject Code: 148

Course Objectives

  • Identify the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Dental Association guidelines and recommendations for infection control in dental radiography.
  • Describe general infection control practices in dental radiology.
  • Outline infection control practices before, during, and after film exposure.
  • Outline infection control procedures used during film processing.
  • Describe infection control practices for extraoral radiographic procedures.
  • Identify infection control issues related to digital radiography.

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

About the Author

John F. Kross, MSc, DMD, received his doctorate in dental medicine from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia. He completed a fellowship at Temple University Hospital in oral oncology and received a hospital appointment to the Department of Dentistry at the Medical Centers of Delaware (now the Christiana Health Care System). His professional training and experience include practicing general dentistry in Wilmington, Delaware, and in New London, Pennsylvania, as well as instructing students at Delaware Technical Community College in oral pathology. Dr. Kross has received numerous academic awards for his work in oral surgery, fixed partial prosthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics. He has been composing monographs, manuscripts, and continuing medical education courses since 1991.

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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