Maui Community College Course Outline



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Course Outline


1. Alpha and Number Dental Hygiene 269

DH 269
Course Title Clinical Dental Radiology & Interpretation
Number of Credits One credit (1)

Date of Outline October 14, 2004

2. Course Description Expands experience in 0btaining & interpreting x-rays on clients. Includes advanced radiographic identification and interpretation utilizing dental x-ray films, panoramic, cephalometric, and other extraoral radiographs.

3. Contact Hours Per Week Lec/Lab – Two (2)

4. Prerequisites DH 268 with at least a C
Corequisites
Recommended Preparation

Approved By ______________________________ Date________________

5. General Course Objectives

Continued experience clinical with exposure, processing, mounting and interpretation of x-rays on clinic clients. Focus on refinement of dental radiographic interpretation skills of dental radiographs.




  1. Student Learning Outcomes

For assessment purposes, these are linked to #7. Recommended Course Content.
Upon successful completion of this course the students will be able to:


  1. Utilize the terms of radiographic interpretation and diagnosis.

  2. Explain the role of the dentist and dental hygienist in interpretation and diagnosis.

  3. Summarize the importance of educating dental patients concerning dental radiographs.

  4. Demonstrate radiation safety and protection for client and operator.

  5. Demonstrate infection and hazard control procedures for dental radiography.

  6. Identify basic film exposure and processing faults for periapical, bitewings and panoramic films.

  7. Discuss the importance of correlating radiographic interpretations with other examination findings.

  8. Define descriptive terminology and state what should be documented for all radiographic lesions.

  9. Define the buccal object rule, state the uses of the buccal object rule, and take radiographs utilizing the buccal object rule.

  10. Perform radiographs on clinic clients using intraoral long-cone\radiographic techniques according to clinic guidelines completing 4 bitewing x-rays series with a maximum of 2 retakes, 3 full mouth x-ray series with a maximum of 4 retakes, one panoramic x-ray with a maximum of 1 retake, and demonstrate 1 TMJ projection and 1 cephalometric projections.

  11. Perform a comprehensive radiographic interpretation on each assigned clinic client and consult with an instructor to verify your findings.

  12. Describe and demonstrate the specialized techniques for clients of varying ages and disease states including: the use of small film, occlusal film, modified full mouth survey, and others.

  13. Exhibit attentiveness to patient’s emotions, needs, rights and comforts with an emphasis on the influence of cultural, psychosocial and other factors.

  14. Given a client case study, apply the knowledge from this and other dental hygiene courses perform a comprehensive radiographic interpretation of the radiographs; identify radiolucent and radiopaque structures, evaluate for periodontal defects, endodontic lesions, pathology, and dental caries and restorations.

  15. Given sample questions on dental radiology from the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination, answer correctly at least 75%.






  1. Recommended Course Content and Approximate Time Spent

Linked to #6, Student Learning Outcomes.

    1-6 weeks Application of the principles & terminology of radiographic interpretation

    (a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o)


1-6 weeks Applied Dental Radiology & Interpretation: client case studies

(a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o)


1-3 weeks National board radiology questions review

(a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o)








  1. Text And Materials, References Materials, Auxiliary Materials and Content

Text materials will be selected from the best and most up-to-date materials available, such as


Haring & Lind, Oral Radiology – Principles & Interpretation, current edition, Mosby, 2000, ISBN: 032302001


    Frommer, Herbert, Radiology for Dental Auxiliaries, current edition Mosby ISBN: 0323005209.



  1. Recommended Course Requirements and Evaluation

One or more midterm examinations, quizzes, and a final examination will be given. These tests may include any of the following types of questions: multiple choice, short answer, short essay, and critical thinking. Exams will cover material from lectures, laboratory exercises, and reading assignments. Satisfactory completion of Final Lab Practical with grade of C or better required.

Attendance 0-5%

Quizzes 10%-15%

Midterm 10%-15%

Final 20%-25%

Client radiographs 30%-35%

Radiographic interpretations 30%-35%





  1. Methods of Instruction

Instructional methods vary with instructors. Techniques may include, but are not limited to, the following.





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