Apply the principles of radiation biology and protection in dental practice. There are several different types of dental radiation.  List each type and, in your own words, provide an explanation of each.

Apply the principles of radiation biology and protection in dental practice

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1.      There are several different types of dental radiation.  List each type and, in your own words, provide an explanation of each.

2.      How can dental staff be protected from excessive radiation at the workplace?  List the key points for protecting yourself, patients, and other staff.  In your response, include the ALARA principle.

3.      There are many different factors affecting the radiation dose and several different ways of measuring it.  List and describe three different radiation doses.

4.      List and describe the stages of processing a dental X-ray film.  Bear in mind that the process is similar irrespective of whether the film is processed manually or automatically.

5.      Briefly explain the purpose of the following components of an intraoral dental X-ray tube: Cathode, Anode, Leaded glass housing, Collimator and PIO.

6.     Why is reporting processing issues important?  Whom do you report to, and what details do you provide when reporting?

7.      In your own words, describe what is meant by film fog.  List at least six possible causes of film fog and, for each cause, explain how you would correct the fault.

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