This course summarizes information regarding the production of x-radiation, how radiation is measured, and how radiation affects the cells of the body. The amounts of radiation doses will be compared between traditional and CBCT imaging. Terminology concentrating on CBCT imaging will be discussed, including the common uses and advantages / disadvantages of this imaging modality. Areas outside the oral cavity of interest to patients will be presented, including sinus issues, sleep apnea, carotid and tonsillar calcifications.
Laura Jansen Howerton has spent 30 years in academia: currently as an Instructor at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina, Associate Professor at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill from 1998-2007, and Clinical Associate Professor at The Ohio State University from 1987-1998. In addition to teaching, she currently works developing patient studies with computer software in three-dimensional cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). She has also participated in numerous editing and test bank production assignments with Elsevier Health Sciences for many years.
Laura is the co-author of two textbooks: Radiographic Interpretation for the Dental Hygienist and Dental Radiography: Principles and Techniques, both published by Elsevier Health Sciences, as well as a chapter in Mosby's Dental Hygiene: Concepts, Cases, and Competencies by Daniel et al. She also served on the editorial board of Mosby's Dental Dictionary, 3E.
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