The Kentucky Board of Dentistry amended the minimal educational requirements for dental auxiliary personnel prior to taking dental radiographs under a licensed dentist’s direct supervision (201 KAR 8:57OE). All dental auxiliary personnel must satisfy the following two (2) requirements before taking x-rays in a dental office:
- Didactic: Completion of a course in radiation safety. This can be verified by providing proof of completion of the Radiography Section of the Dental Assistants National Board Examination or attending an approved continuing education (CE) course (6 hours minimum) provided by a certified presenter.
- Practical: A practicum course in x-ray technique (4 hours minimum), This is verified by a dentist’s written documentation of a student’s completion of four (4) hours of instruction in dental radiography technique in the practice or by attending a four hour (4) continuing education course in radiography technique approved by the Board before being allowed to expose radiographs.
At the conclusion of the course, participants will have an understanding of:
- Basic principles and concepts of radiation
- Exposure factors and how they affect the radiographic image
- Image receptors and processing of radiographs
- Radiation safety for both patient and operator
- Occupational considerations including infection control principles and legal concerns
- Principles of intraoral techniques(bitewing/periapical/occlusal imaging)
- Radiographic film mounting, labeling and record keeping
- Criteria for diagnostic radiographs – technique and processing error recognition and correction
- X-ray interaction with matter and potential biological effects
- Principles of quality assurance and implementation into clinical practice
- Extraoral radiography