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Radiation Safety for the Dental Auxiliary

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  • Radiation Safety
When Feb 25, 2011
from 09:00 am to 04:30 pm
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Course Speaker:  Susan Grammer, BS, MEd, RDH,


Susan Grammer graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry.  She received her Master’s in Education and taught at the University of Kentucky in an experimental Dental Hygiene Program that was based in Ashland Kentucky for one year.  After which, she accepted a teaching position at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Program.


Presently, Ms. Grammer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Health and Rehabilitation/Dental Hygiene Program at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry.   She presently teaches all radiology courses in the Dental Hygiene Program, as well as, the first year theory classes and has given numerous continuing education courses in Radiation Safety.  For the last 9 years, she was the Course Director for an elective course that was co-sponsored with the Louisville Zoo on animal dentistry.  


Course Description:   

 The Kentucky Board of Dentistry amended the minimal educational requirements for dental auxiliary personnel prior to taking dental radiographs under a 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:

1.    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.

2.     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.


This Course satisfies the Didactic requirements of the Kentucky Board of Dentistry.   After the course is presented, an examination will be given.  Successful completion of the course requires a 75% pass in a multiple-choice question examination administered at the end of the course.  Participants who successfully complete the examination will receive a certificate of completion and after fulfilling requirement (2) above are allowed to expose radiographs on patients under the direct supervision of a dentist.   Study guides for this course will be given the day of the Course.  The course contains both theoretical and practical clinical topics to include the following objectives:


Course Objectives:

  • At the conclusion of this Course, participants will have an understanding of:
  • The Basic Principles and Concepts of Radiation.
  • Exposure Factors & How they Affect the Radiographic Image.
  • Image Receptors & Processing.
  • X-ray Interaction with Matter and Potential Biological Effects.
  • Principles of Intraoral Techniques (BW/Periapical/Occlusal Imaging).
  • Radiation Safety for Patient and Operator.
  • Criteria for Diagnostic Radiographs-Technique & Processing Error Recognition & Correction.
  • Radiographic Film Mounting, Labeling & Record Keeping.
  • Principles of Quality Assurance and Implementation into Clinical Practice.
  • Occupational Considerations including: Infection Control Principles & Legal Concerns
  • Extraoral Radiography


Credit:                                    6 Hours
Education Method:                   Live-Interactive Format
                                             MAXIMUM CAPACITY:  60
For further questions, please call:  (502) 852-5077
The University of Louisville School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.



  • On-site Registration:  8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Course:  9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • DENTIST:  $225.00
  • AUXILIARY:  $165.00
  • Location:  U of L Shelby Campus - 310 North Whittington Pkwy, Louisville, KY  40222 - Founders Union Building, Room 201
  • Credit  Hours:  6, Live Interactive Format
  • Course limited to 60 participants
  • Download the flyer (PDF)
  • Course Registration Instructions and Form.

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