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Radiation Safety and DEP Regulations - Online Course


This course is targeted to comply with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania DEP CE requirements for those individuals who are certified to operate low-risk radiographic equipment. Specifically, this course addresses essential components of safe and efficient practice of radiography in a dental office.


Part 1:
• Understand the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania DEP Regulations
Part 2:
• Radiation Safety
Part 3:
• Radiation Biology
Part 4:
• Quality Control

Course Outline

Part 1:
• DEP and state regulations.
• Who is responsible for what?
• What are the standards?
• How are they measured?
• Continuing Education policy.

Part 2: Radiation Safety
• Radiation Safety Procedure manual
• Contents of the manual
• Exposure parameters
• Guidelines
• Mas
• Filtration
• Collimation
• Film speed
• Shielding
• Operation distance
• Patient and operator safety
• Radiation measuring devices
• Extraoral imaging

Part 3: Radiation Biology
• Radiation effects
• Classification of effects
• Radiation units
• Critical organs involved in dentistry
• Long and short term effects
• Effects on cells
• Environmental factors
• Occupation and non occupational dosage limits
• Pregnant women dosages
• Selection criteria and ADA guidelines
• Justification

Part 4: Quality Control
• Quality control procedures
• Maintaining the records
• Viewing conditions
• Developing conditions
• Dark room safety
• X-ray equipment maintenance
• Digital radiology equipment
• Film and cassette maintenance
• Checking exposure parameters
• Lead apron inspection

Instructions for online Radiation and DEP Regulations

Interested users can register by phone with a credit card or send a check via mail. Once payment is received, each user will be given a unique username and password, which will be activated within 48 business hours after the registration and is valid for three weeks.

Users can then go to the following link:

When prompted with a user login screen, users should type the following as their user name,
Dental\username (provided at time of registration payment), followed by their password on the next line (provided at time of registration payment). In the event of technical difficulties, such as an inability to log in, please contact support at 412-648-8544, or email us at

For a three week period the user will have unlimited access.

At the end of the course, a simple ten question test is available to take. After successful completion of this test a certificate of completion assigning 2 credit hours can be printed for your records.

This test can be taken unlimited times within the valid three weeks.

Anitha Potluri, BDS, DMD, MDS
Diplomate American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Time Valid for three weeks upon receipt of payment.
Dates Reviewed and Updated 06-13-2011
Tuition 50.00
Credit 2 hours
Course 71412

The University of Pittsburgh is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The University of Pittsburgh designates this activity for the number of continuing education credits listed with each course summary.