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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

An Update on Digital Radiography

Categories: Digital Radiography

Author(s): Howard Glazer

Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dentists from novice to advanced

Educational Objectives

The overall goal of this article is to provide the reader with information on digital radiography. On completion of this article, the participant will be able to:

1. Review the applications for intraoral radiographs
2. Describe the attributes of traditional and digital radiography
3. Contrast and compare options for sensors for digital radiography
4. Review the use of scanners for digital intraoral radiographs.

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First introduced in the 1980s, digital radiographic images can now be obtained using sensors and photostimulable phosphor (PSP) plates, respectively direct and indirect methods. The ability to digitally enhance images by adjusting the contrast, brightness, and/or magnification is a significant advantage in comparison to viewing traditional film radiographs. Consideration must be given to the risk vs benefits of radiographs for an individual patient before taking these, and if radiographs are required, the radiation exposure must be minimized. Digital intraoral radiography has significantly changed the manner in which radiographs are taken and viewed.

COMMERCIAL SUPPORTER: This course has been made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from AIR TECHNIQUES.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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