Dental radiology assists in detecting hidden painful pathology, estimating the severity of dental conditions, assessing treatment options, providing intraoperative guidance, and monitoring prior treatments’ success.
Dental radiologists, also known as oral radiologists or oral and maxillofacial radiologists, are dentists who specialize in using various radiographic and digital images to diagnose and treat patients. Dental school graduates must complete a clinical residency in order to become certified oral and maxillofacial radiologists.
COURSE KEY DETAILS
3 to 6 Weeks
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
- Verifying patients’ identity and reviewing physicians’ orders before beginning x-ray procedures.
- Using x-ray equipment to take radiographic images of patients’ bones, tissues, and organs as per physicians’ written orders.
- Explaining x-ray procedures to patients and answering their questions.
- Positioning patients accordingly, which may include lifting and moving patients with limited mobility.
- Limiting patients’ exposure to radiation by placing lead shields on patients where needed.
- Ensuring that the x-rays taken are of sound quality to prevent repeat procedures.
- Working closely with the resident Radiologist to determine whether further tests are required.
- Ensuring that the x-ray equipment is regularly serviced and in good working order.
- Promptly notifying management of damaged or malfunctioning x-ray equipment.
- Maintaining an accurate record of completed x-ray procedures.