Assist with dental radiography

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver HLTDEN002, 'Assist with dental radiography'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements define the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Prepare for dental radiography

1.1 Position the patient comfortably

1.2 Reassure the patient and explain the procedure in language that is easily understood

1.3 Ask the patient to remove items that may interfere with the radiographic examination, and offer appropriate explanation

1.4 Ensure patient, other members of the dental team and the public are protected from ionising radiations

1.5 Assist the operator in the implementation of safe work practices to minimise radiation risks to workers and to patients during procedure

1.6 Select and prepare the correct radiographic film or image receptors and relevant holders for the radiographic examination, and make it available to the operator

2. Prepare equipment and materials for dental radiography

2.1 Maintain clean and dry working surfaces

2.2 Clean and maintain processing equipment in good working order

2.3 Maintain processing solutions at the correct strength and temperature

2.4 Record accurately the date of preparation of solutions

2.5 Arrange for servicing of instruments and equipment in line with manufacturers’ instructions and Radiation Health Committee national policies, codes and standards

2.6 File equipment service records in a location within the surgery that can be readily accessed

2.7 Prepare program to receive image, correctly orientate and label radiograph and enter patient data

3. Process and mount dental radiographs

3.1 Protect processing facility and equipment against accidental intrusion of light

3.2 Wear personal protective equipment

3.3 Handle radiographic film packages or image receptors carefully so that their quality is maintained

3.4 Carry out processing stages in the correct sequence and for the appropriate duration in accordance with manufacturers’ specifications

3.5 Identify common faults caused by incorrect processing and notify operator if these occur

3.6 Rectify processing faults in accordance with operator’s instructions

3.7 Notify the operator of any processing faults that cannot be rectified prior to further radiographs being processed

3.8 Label, date and file the radiograph mounting accurately and legibly

3.9 Mount and secure radiographs in correct anatomical position for viewing

4. Maintain stock of unexposed radiographic film and chemicals

4.1 Store radiographic film, image receptors and chemicals in accordance with manufacturers’ specifications

4.2 Maintain sufficient stock

4.3 Rotate film stock so that film is used before its expiry date

5. Assure the quality of dental radiographic processing

5.1 Participate effectively in radiographic quality assurance programs

5.2 Monitor processing solutions for deterioration

5.3 Notify the operator when radiographs do not meet the quality criteria of the reference radiograph produced under optimum conditions

5.4 Collect and record all unacceptable radiographs that do not meet diagnostic standards due to processing error, and identify how processing can be improved

5.5 Dispose of waste chemicals safely in accordance with manufacturers’ specifications and legislative requirements

5.6 Maintain and clean the imaging plate scanner according to organisation procedures