Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) offers one of the most forward-looking educational environments in dental medicine in the country. Since its founding in 1868, TUSDM has been committed to leadership in education, patient care, research, and community service. Students obtain an interdisciplinary education, integrated with medicine, with access to training in dental specialties. Clinics managed at TUSDM provide quality comprehensive care to more than 20,000 individuals annually. Nationally and internationally, the school promotes health and educational programs and researches new procedures, materials, and technologies to improve oral health.
The Radiology Dental Assistant is responsible for taking intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs, consisting of periapical, bitewings, panoramic, cephalometric radiography, cone-beam computed tomography. The Radiology Dental Assistant takes full surveys and panoramic x-rays for new patients in the undergraduate clinic as well as CBCT scans, cephalometric x-rays and any digital x-rays requested from Post Graduate clinics. Prior to taking prescribed x-rays on patients, the radiology dental assistant will review the record to ensure the patient’s medical history is completed and cleared, the financial consent has been signed and the patient’s financial obligations have been met. The Radiology Dental Assistant works closely with the students teaching digital radiology and demonstrating basic use of dental software, Axium and MiPacs (x-ray viewing software). The Radiology Dental Assistant independently reviews clarity and preciseness and approves radiographs taken by pre-doctoral clinic students under the direction of the Radiology faculty. Under the direction of the Radiology faculty, the Radiology Dental Assistant approves and completes radiograph treatment plans for new patients at the end of each session. The Radiology Dental Assistant works closely one on one with the licensee examiners importing radiographs on the computer for the students licensing boards. The Radiology Dental Assistant is requested to display their expertise by reviewing the digital radiographs, enhancing them for clarity, and monitoring the candidate closely while they are saving the digital x-rays ensuring they are meeting CDCA and WREB licensing board standards. The Radiology Dental Assistant is responsible for delivering and maintaining x-ray monitoring badges to faculty and staff every 3 months. Facilitate and record attendance for IDP and OMFR session running September through April and summer sessions. The Radiology Dental Assistant advises faculty and the pre-doctoral clinic students on how to comply with infection control, and oversees the setup of Rinn kits on the manikin. The Radiology Dental Assistant creates new patient records for patients that request CBCT scans copied onto a CD.