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Intraoral Radiographic Techniques (AGD 730)

Presenter: Allan Farman, BDS, EDS, MBA, PhD; ADAA Council on Education


Radiography involves the use of ionizing radiation and thus is potentially dangerous if mishandled. For the sake of the dental profession, patients, and the public, it is essential that licensed dental radiographers gain and maintain required knowledge of radiographic techniques and radiation health and safety, prior to performing clinical procedures.

This course is intended to provide current, vital information on receptor and tube head placement, to serve as a guide to acquire new skills or refine current skills, and allow for progressive self assessment throughout the course.

With the advent of reusable phosphor plates and solid-state detectors (digital sensors) we have adopted language, which will address all receptor types – film, phosphor plates, and electronic or digital sensors. It is inappropriate to call the image produced by using x radiation an “x-ray”. Even the term radiograph(s) now becomes “radiographic image(s)”, and the device used to capture the information should now be called an “image receptor” or simply “receptor”.


Dr. Allan G. Farman is an oral and maxillofacial radiologist and is a professor of radiology and imaging science, Department of Surgical and Hospital Dentistry, at the University of Louisville. He serves as the ADA representative to the DICOM Standards Committee and was the 2009-2010 President of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR).

ADAA Council on Education - Recommendations were researched and updates were made accordingly. All members of the Council on Education are ADAA Active or Life Members with an interest in dental assisting education. Each one volunteers their time to the life-long learning of dental assistants. 


Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

• Understand the basic principles and concepts of intraoral procedures
• Identify the different the different sizes of radiographic receptors and state their uses
• Perform infection control procedures as they relate to radiology
• Demonstrate the paralleling technique of intraoral radiology
• Explain the bisecting angle technique of intraoral radiology
• Identify proper techniques for bitewing radiography
• Describe intraoral occlusal techniques
• List the advantages of digital radiology


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry.  Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of the course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.


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