• Program: Dental Assistant
  • Course: Dental Radiology
  • Course #: DNTL1241
  • Total Credits: 4

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic principles of x-ray production. Biological effects of ionizing radiation and safety procedures are covered. Also included is the exposing, processing, monitoring and evaluating of dental film. The student will gain practical experience in producing intraoral radiographs on typodonts in a clinical setting. Radiation safety policies are practiced and monitored. This course will cover the characteristics of hazardous wastes and its safe handling, storage, and disposal.

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Identify principles of radiation
Explain factors in image formation in dental radiography
Identify processing techniques
Process dental films
Interpret quality control data
Demonstrate mounting procedures
Differentiate between various types of radiographs
Demonstrate paralleling technique
Demonstrate bisecting technique
Interpret exposure errors
Identify radiographic landmarks
Explain the biologic effects of radiation
Identify radiation safety protocol

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 3
  • Lab: 1
  • MnTC Goal: 0
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
    Admission into the Dental Assistant Program
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park/Eden Prairie

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