Digital and Conventional Radiology (RAD) for the Dental Assistant
NOTE: You must email the Experience Verification Form to CDE@LSUHSC.EDU in PDF FORMAT NO LATER THAN TWO WEEKS before the course in order to be considered fully registered in the course. If you do not return this form by the deadline, you will automatically be transferred to the next course. IF YOU PLAN ON WORKING IN MISSISSIPPI, NOTIFY OUR OFFICE NO LATER THAN TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE COURSE.
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Overview & Learning Objectives
In Louisiana, prior to taking dental x-rays, all dental assistants must be in compliance with state laws governing the practice of dentistry. This course satisfies the requirements of the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry as defined in Louisiana Dental Practice Act R.S. 37:792. This course is also approved by the Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners. A written test given by our faculty completes their requirements. When registering, please let us know if you will be working in Mississippi.
This course will provide training for auxiliary personnel in the technique of accurate intraoral dental radiography. Practical experience will be provided in radiographic technique, darkroom procedures, and mounting intraoral x-rays. The long cone paralleling technique will be emphasized. The bisecting the angle technique will be presented in theory and in practice. Each participant will be required to take a full mouth set of radiographs on a dry skull. An understanding of the factors involved is necessary to achieve satisfactory results. Therefore, theory will be presented only to the extent of the participant's need to understand the reasons for various technique procedures, and the background for the safe and efficient use of dental x-ray equipment. After completing this course, participants should be better able to:
- Take diagnostic radiographs while minimizing radiation to patient and self
- Properly place Rinn Instruments intraorally
- Differentiate which instruments are used for which radiographs
- Correct errors caused by improper angulation (elongation, forshortening, or overlapping)
- Should be able to reduce gag reflex on patients
- Should know which technical factors to change increase or decrease film density/contrast
Dale Brooks Hernandez, LRT has over 30 years of experience. She is a Radiology Technician at LSU School of Dentistry in the oral diagnosis/radiology department. Mrs Hernandez has taught Digital and Conventional Radiology for the Dental Assistant for 24 years.
Jeaneta Starks, DA has 20 years of dental assisting experience. She is a Dental Assistant II at LSU School of Dentistry in the endodonic department. Ms. Starks has assisted in the Digital and Conventional Radiology for the Dental Assistant for two years.
Natasha Crossley-Williams, DA has 27 years of dental assisting experience. She previously worked as a dental assistant at LSU School of Dentistry in the undergraduate, pediatric, prosthedontic, and endodonitic departments. She currently works in the central sterilization room at LSU School of Dentistry.
Registration Fee: $325* (Dental Assistant)
* Registration fee includes lab supplies, continental breakfast and snacks. You will receive a link to download the training manual prior to course.
Sign-In and breakfast: 7:30-8:00 am
Course Starts: 8:00 am
This course will be held at LSU School of Dentistry at 1100 Florida Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana located in the Mid-City area of New Orleans near beautiful City Park and historic Bayou St. John. If you are staying at a downtown hotel in or near the French Quarter, the distance to the dental school is approximately five miles. If you are driving to the dental school, free parking is available in the patient and visitor parking lots located across from the dental school.
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NOTE: The Live-Stream Video Conference option for this course is only available to those that live 120 miles or more from the course location. Video conference registrations for this course MUST BE PROCESSED BY PHONE.
LSUCDE video courses are live-streamed via BlueJeans. CE administrators perform roll call and random check-ins via the chat window in BlueJeans. If you miss one or more check-ins it could affect your credits. Before the course you will receive three links: a link to the meeting, a link to a short test, and a link to a course evaluation. You must submit the test and evaluation in order to receive credit. The Louisiana State Board of Dentistry counts CE hours earned through LSUCDE live video conference as in-person hours.