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Certification in Radiation Safety for Allied Professionals


September 13, 2014 - October 04, 2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco

Event Category: Continuing Education

This two-day radiation safety program is a combination of didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction designed to meet the requirements of the Dental Board of California. Upon registration, participants will receive study manuals to review before the program begins. It is recommended that you register as early as possible to give yourself ample time to study the manuals prior to the beginning the program.

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You Will Learn

  • Techniques for diagnostic-quality radiographs, including correct film development and mounting
  • Safety procedures and techniques for handling radiographic equipment
  • Procedures and techniques for making digital radiographs

The didactic portion will cover the history and development of radiographs as well as techniques used to obtain proper diagnostic films. Participants will be introduced to digital radiography including the placement, maintenance and infection control of the digital sensors. Current radiation safety recommendations and procedures will be followed. After completing this portion, participants must pass a written test with a minimum score of 75% on the information covered before proceeding to the lab and clinical sessions. If a candidate is unsuccessful in passing the written exam, he/she will not be allowed to continue with the program and tuition will not be refunded.

During the lab portion, students will perform hands-on exercises on manikins and must complete all requirements for the diagnostic-quality radiographs before proceeding to the clinical experience.

For the home study portion, each participant is required to perform three diagnostic-quality, full-mouth surveys (either analog film or digital format) under the supervision and with the verification of a licensed dentist. The surveys will be submitted and reviewed on the second day of the program. These materials will remain in program files as the University’s property. Individuals who do not submit qualifying radiographs have 30 days to re-submit. Certification will not be granted without successfully completing all assignments.

The clinical portion will consist of participants making radiographs on human subjects following stipulated guidelines. Participants must submit, in duplicate, one diagnostic-quality, full-mouth survey to the course instructors for pass/fail evaluation on the last day of the program. Certification will be issued to those participants successfully obtaining a passing score.

Who Should Attend

The program is open to allied dental professionals wishing to obtain certification in radiation safety for fulfillment of the Dental Board of California’s certification requirements. Proof of English proficiency (a minimum TOFEL score of 550) may be required.

Tuition: $685 by August 13; $750 after August 13 (limited to 24 participants; includes lunch and coffee/tea service in the morning)
Deposit: $230 (non-refundable)
Program: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Check-In: 8:30 am
Credits: This activity is designated for 32 units of continuing education credit.


Elena Francisco, BSDH, RDHAP, MS, is a clinical dental hygiene instructor at Pacific’s Stockton campus and is the safety coordinator for the dental hygiene program at Carrington College in Sacramento. She received her master’s degree in dental hygiene from Idaho State University. She has co-authored and published articles on caries risk assessment and radiation safety.

Elham Mahdavi, DDS, is an assistant professor and radiology clinical faculty at Pacific. A graduate of the USC Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, Dr. Mahdavi is active in organized dentistry and is in private practice in San Jose, California.

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