DENT6901 Dento-maxillofacial Radiology Theory I Part 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOral Health Care Centre of WA (OHCWA)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodOral Health Care Centre of WA (OHCWA)Face to face
This is the first-year theory unit in Dento-maxillofacial Radiology for the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry course. Parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfill the requirements of the unit. The areas covered are Radiography and Mathematics (principles of radiography, geometry of radiography, inverse square law, exponential law)
General Physics (laws of physics, units of measurement, electrostatics, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic induction, alternating current flow, AC transformer)
Image Receptors
Image Processing
Dental Radiography, general patient considerations including control of infection
Periapical and Bitewing Radiography
Occlusal and Oblique Occlusal Radiography
Students are able to (1) explain the legislative framework of the dental profession in Australia inclusive of medico-legal and ethical responsibilities of a specialist dentist; (2) explain the characteristics of ionizing radiation; (3) explain the differences between image receptors; (4) understand image processing; (5) explain the different components of X-ray machines; (6) know when to use which intraoral radiographic technique in a diverse patient population, including children and patients with special needs; (7) describe proper hygiene measurements in DMFR; (8) select the correct DMFR imaging modality in a diverse patient population, including children; (9) recognise the normal from the abnormal anatomy in intraoral radiographs and describe pathology or aberrant anatomy; and (10) perform a quality assessment and reject analysis of intraoral radiographs.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written examination; (2) journal clubs; and (3) case presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Johan Aps
Unit rules
Enrolment in DClinDent (90840)
Contact hours
Total Contact hours: Lectures/Seminars: 130 hours, 6 hours assessment and self directed study 14 hours = 150 hours
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