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Conventional Dental Radiography Review

Learn conventional dental radiography with this online course, ideal for dental professionals who are only trained on digital equipment and need to understand the conventional processes.


Course Overview

CE Credits
Pre-Assessment Questions
Months to Access Course
Hours to Complete
Post-Course Assessment Questions

If you need to learn about conventional dental radiography, then this course is for you. This course covers the process of using film rather than digital images. You’ll explore topics such as how to catch and correct common radiographic exposure errors and how to operate radiographic processing equipment.

You’ll learn how to mount and label dental radiographs, recognize basic radiation biology concepts, and identify anatomical landmarks of the teeth, jaws, oral cavity, and adjacent structures of the skull. This course also covers important topics such as radiation safety procedures, quality-assurance procedures, and infection control techniques.

Course Credentials

January 2010
October 2011; October 2018; September 2021
Next Review:
September 2024


DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam

Course Compatibility

Desktop and laptop

AGD Code: 138

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize basic radiation biology concepts
  • Practice radiation safety procedures
  • Identify anatomical landmarks of the teeth, jaws, oral cavity, and adjacent structures of the skull
  • Apply effective infection control techniques
  • Use radiographic exposure equipment
  • Catch and correct common radiographic exposure errors
  • Operate radiographic processing equipment
  • Find and fix common radiographic film processing errors
  • Mount and label dental radiographs
  • Execute necessary quality-assurance procedures

Subject Matter Experts

Dr. Breen is a professor of clinical allied dental education at Rutgers School of Health Related Professions in New Jersey. She has served as an accomplished dental professional in dental assisting, dental hygiene and dental education since 1972. She has also served in leadership roles for local and national dental organizations, including the American Dental Assistants Association, the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) and the New Jersey Dental Assistants’ Association. Dr. Breen has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Ms. Dickinson works as a professor and the director of dental assisting programs at El Paso Community College in El Paso, Texas. She has served as a consultant in the dental field and chairside dental assistant for more than 20 years. She is an active member of the American Dental Assistants Association and the Texas Dental Assistants Association. Ms. Dickinson has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


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The DALE Foundation is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 9/1/2021 to 8/31/2024. Provider ID# 355127