University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Radiation Safety and DEP Regulations


Self-Study Online (Recorded)


Recorded 5-22-20


Registration open through 5/22/2021 11:59 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Following Registration and Payment:

Please Read the instructions in your Confirmation email.

This will include links and instructions for participating

in this self-study online course.

This is a self-study online course. You will have access to the material for one year.

After watching the recorded video course content, you will be directed to a short quiz.

After successfully completing the quiz, you will receive an email link to an evaluation form within 30 minutes.

Once submitted, you will receive a follow-up email (within 30 minutes) with a link to your completion certificate. Please print and save the completion certificate for your records.

Course Description

This course is approved to satisfy Pennsylvania Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) recommendations.

(any individual who operates an X-ray machine must maintain continuing education in radiation safety, biological effects of radiation, quality assurance and quality control at least every 4 years.)


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. The course will cover Commonwealth of Pennsylvania DEP regulations, radiation safety, radiation biology and quality control.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • understand the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania DEP regulations;
  • employ radiation safety procedures that minimize radiation exposure;
  • appreciate the biological effects of radiation; and
  • implement a quality control program

Course outline:

Part I:

· DEP and state regulations

· Who is responsible for what?

· What are the standards?

· How are they measured?

· Continuing education policy.

Part II:

Radiation safety

· Radiation safety procedure manual

· Contents of the manual

· Exposure parameters

· guidelines


· Mas

· Filtration

· Collimation

· Film speed

· Shielding

· Operator distance

· Patient and operator safety

· Radiation measuring devices

· Extraoral imaging

Part III:

Radiation biology

· Radiation effects

· Classification of effects

· Radiation units

· Critical organs involved in dentistry

· Long and short term effects

· Effects on cells

· Environmental factors

· Occupational and non occupational dosage limits

· Pregnant women dosages

· Selection criteria and ADA guide lines

· Justification

Part IV:

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


Anitha Potluri, BDS, DMD, MDS


Diplomate American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Director, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, School of Dental Medcine, University of Pittsburgh



Self-Study Online (Recorded)


Tuition: $50
Credit: Self-Study Online: Credit Hours - 2
Course #: 54020SI
AGD Code: 730



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Continuing Education




Self-Study Online: Credit Hours - 2



For this re-licensure cycle, due to COVID-19, the PA State Board is allowing all self-study online CE to count toward requirements. (Normally, only 50% of self-study credits count toward re-licensure requirements.


Check with your State Board for licensure requirements..


About Us

University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine


The University of Pittsburgh is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

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