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  • 1. 

    The harmful effects of radiation on human tissues are

    • A.

      Immediately exhibited

    • B.

      Insignificant

    • C.

      Usually acute

    • D.

      Cumulative

    • E.

      Painful

    Correct Answer
    D. Cumulative
    Explanation
    The effects of repeated exposure to radiation are cumulative and can result in many different disorders such as cancer, cataracts, leukemia, and genetic abnormalities.

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  • 2. 

    The protective lead apron must be impregnated with how much lead?

    • A.

      0.20 mm

    • B.

      0.22 mm

    • C.

      0.25 mm

    • D.

      0.30 mm

    • E.

      0.35 mm

    Correct Answer
    C. 0.25 mm
    Explanation
    The lead apron must be impregnated with 0.25 mm of lead to be effective in shielding out the radiation.

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  • 3. 

    You have a patient who had read articles describing the hazards of medical/dental radiation and is not sure about letting you take X-rays on her. Based on what you now know, how could you explain the procedures in a way that would be reassuring?

    • A.

      You are using a lead apron and lead thyroid shield.

    • B.

      You are using the long cone paralleling technique.

    • C.

      You take radiographs only when a need is indicated by clinical examination, not nased on an arbitrary time schedule.

    • D.

      Both a and b

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    If you have a patient with concerns about radiation exposure, you should explain that you are using a lead apron and lead thyroid shield, you are using the long cone paralleling technique, and you take radiographs only when a need is indicated by clinical examination and not based on an arbitrary time schedule.

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  • 4. 

    What do filters do in the X-ray beam?

    • A.

      Increase density and short waves

    • B.

      Reduce density

    • C.

      Reduce exposure time

    • D.

      Correct the size of the beam

    • E.

      Reduce patient radiation dose and remove the long waves

    Correct Answer
    E. Reduce patient radiation dose and remove the long waves
    Explanation
    Aluminum filters are used in the PID to filter out the long wanes. Only the short waves are useful in making an image on a film. Therefore, the filter removes the long waves and the patient receives less radiation.

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  • 5. 

    The X-ray photons generated by the dental X-ray machine have

    • A.

      The same energy and wavelengths.

    • B.

      Many different wavelengths

    • C.

      Only a few energies capable of penetrating dense tissue

    • D.

      Many different speeds

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Many different wavelengths
    Explanation
    The X-ray photons produced in the tube head have many different wave lengths.

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  • 6. 

    What is the recommened collimation of the radiation beam at the patient's skin surface?

    • A.

      1.5 inches

    • B.

      2.75 inches

    • C.

      3.75 inches

    • D.

      2.75 cm

    • E.

      Both b and d

    Correct Answer
    B. 2.75 inches
    Explanation
    The recommended collimation or restriction of the size of the X-ray beam at the patient's face is 2.75 inches.

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  • 7. 

    What does the ALARA concept stand for?

    • A.

      As low as reasonably achievable

    • B.

      As little as radiation is allowable

    • C.

      As low as radiation is around

    • D.

      As long as reasonably allowable

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. As low as reasonably achievable
    Explanation
    The ALARA concept stands for "as low as reasonably achievable." This concept is used in radiation protection to minimize exposure to radiation by implementing measures that are practical and feasible. The goal is to keep radiation doses as low as possible while still allowing for the necessary tasks to be performed. This approach ensures that radiation risks are minimized and that individuals are protected from unnecessary exposure.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following devices is an example of personnel monitoring? 

    • A.

      Film badge

    • B.

      Pocket dosimeter

    • C.

      Film ring

    • D.

      Both a and c

    • E.

      A, b, and c

    Correct Answer
    E. A, b, and c
    Explanation
    Film badges, pocket dosimeters, and film rings are all example of personnel monitoring devices that measure the dose of radiation received by the members of the dental team.

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  • 9. 

    The transfer of energy as it passes through matter is called

    • A.

      Reproduction

    • B.

      Cumulative

    • C.

      Mutation

    • D.

      Absorption

    • E.

      Energize

    Correct Answer
    D. Absorption
    Explanation
    The energy of the X-ray beam is transferred to the material through which it passes. This transfer of energy is called absorption.

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  • 10. 

    What is it called when a lead disc is used for the elimination of the peripheral portion of the X-ray beam?

    • A.

      Filtration

    • B.

      Collimation

    • C.

      Elongation

    • D.

      Ionization

    • E.

      Absorption

    Correct Answer
    B. Collimation
    Explanation
    Collimation means that a lead disc is used for the elimination of the peripheral portion of the X-ray beam. The lead disc is called the collimator. It restricts the size of the X-ray beam at the patient's face.

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  • 11. 

    Which molecular changes occur in a living organsim being struck by photons?

    • A.

      Molecules break into smaller pieces.

    • B.

      New bonds form within molecules.

    • C.

      Molecular bonds are disrupted.

    • D.

      New bonds form between new molecules.

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    When a living organism is struck by photons, the molecules are broken into smaller pieces, they form new bonds within themselves and with other molecules, and some molecular bonds are disrupted.

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  • 12. 

    What is the correct vertical angulation used when taking a bitewing radiograph?

    • A.

      0 degrees

    • B.

      +10 degrees

    • C.

      -10 degrees

    • D.

      +30 degrees

    • E.

      +5 degrees

    Correct Answer
    B. +10 degrees
    Explanation
    +10 degrees vertical angulation is the correct vertical angulation for taking bitewing radiographs to produce minimal geometric distortion and open the contacts between the teeth.

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  • 13. 

    In the bisecting the andle technique, where is the vertical angel of the central beam directed?

    • A.

      Parallel to the film

    • B.

      Perpendicular to the line bisecting the angel made by the film and the side of the tounge

    • C.

      Parallel to the long axis of the tooth

    • D.

      Perpendicular to the line bisecting the angle made by the long axis of the tooth and the film

    • E.

      Both b and d

    Correct Answer
    D. Perpendicular to the line bisecting the angle made by the long axis of the tooth and the film
    Explanation
    In the bisecting the angle technique, the vertical angle of the beam is directed perpendicular to the line that bisects the angle made by the film and the long axis of the tooth being radiographed.

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  • 14. 

    What is true of a full-mouth X-ray series?

    • A.

      Always has periapical and bitewings

    • B.

      Has a minimum of 20 films

    • C.

      Can be replaced by a panoramic film

    • D.

      Varies in need and number of films according to selection criteria and mouth size

    • E.

      Both a and d

    Correct Answer
    A. Always has periapical and bitewings
    Explanation
    A full-mouth X-ray series always includes periapical and bitewing films. These films are essential for capturing detailed images of the teeth and surrounding structures. The other options in the question, such as the minimum number of films and the possibility of using a panoramic film as a replacement, are not necessarily true for a full-mouth X-ray series. The number of films and the specific types of X-rays needed can vary based on individual selection criteria and the size of the patient's mouth. Therefore, the correct answer is that a full-mouth X-ray series always includes periapical and bitewings, and the need and number of films can vary based on selection criteria and mouth size.

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  • 15. 

    In dental radiography, what infection control procedures are included?

    • A.

      Sterilization

    • B.

      Disinfection

    • C.

      Anitspetic agents

    • D.

      Both a and b

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. Both a and b
    Explanation
    In dental radiography, the Snap-A-Ray film holders and XCP film holders are sterilized and the treatment room is disinfected. No antiseptic agents are used.

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  • 16. 

    What is the safest postion for an operator while exposing an intraoral film?

    • A.

      Behind the head of the X-ray unit

    • B.

      Behind a lead barrier

    • C.

      At a 45 degree angle to the opposite side of the patient's head

    • D.

      Both b and c

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Behind a lead barrier
    Explanation
    Standing behind the lead barrier is the safest place for the operator while exposing intraoral films.

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  • 17. 

    What does immersing the contaminated exposed film packet in a disinfecting solution do?

    • A.

      Disinfects it

    • B.

      Destroys the image

    • C.

      Takes too long

    • D.

      Makes the images clearer

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Destroys the image
    Explanation
    Exposed film should never be immersed in a disinfecting solution. Immersing them in any liquid will destroy the image. However, it is acceptable to wipe the exposed films with a dry paper towel to remove any saliva or blood.

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  • 18. 

    What nees to happen wheeen exposing a full-mouth set of radiographs?

    • A.

      The PID need not be covered with a barrier if gloves are worn

    • B.

      A film dispenser should be used

    • C.

      Unexpected film should be kept on the counter in the room

    • D.

      The exposure button should be covered with a plastic barrier

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. The exposure button should be covered with a plastic barrier
    Explanation
    Covering the exposure button with a plastic barrier is part of the infection control protocol for exposing X-rays.

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  • 19. 

    Where in the X-ray head does thermionic emission take place?

    • A.

      Tungsten target

    • B.

      Tungsten filament

    • C.

      Step-down transformer

    • D.

      PID

    • E.

      Both a and b

    Correct Answer
    B. Tungsten filament
    Explanation
    Thermionic emission, which is when the electrons are boiled off of the tungsten filament, takes place in the cathode at the tungsten filament.

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  • 20. 

    Which radiographic technique records the most accurate image of crowns, roots, and supporting structures?

    • A.

      Bitewing film

    • B.

      Panoramic film

    • C.

      Periapical film

    • D.

      Occlusal film

    • E.

      Extraoral film

    Correct Answer
    C. Periapical film
    Explanation
    The periapical intraoral film records the most accurate image of crowns, roots, and supporting structures.

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  • 21. 

    The bicuspid/premolar bitewing radiograph should be placed to include which of the following anatomic structures? 

    • A.

      All of the mandibular cuspid

    • B.

      The distal half of the mandibular cuspid

    • C.

      The distal half of the maxillary cuspid

    • D.

      The mesial half of the maxillary first premolar

    • E.

      The distal half of the mandibular first molar

    Correct Answer
    B. The distal half of the mandibular cuspid
    Explanation
    Proper film placement for the bicuspid/premolar bitewing radiograph must include the distal half of the mandibular cuspid. This way the bicuspid will appear in the center of the radiograph

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  • 22. 

    What is the primary diagnotic use of a bitewing radiograph?

    • A.

      Check for unerupted teeth

    • B.

      Register the appearance of supporting structures such as bone and soft tissue

    • C.

      Show a crown preparation, placement, and residual excess cement.

    • D.

      Check the length of the canal for endodontic procedures.

    • E.

      Check for interproximal decay and crestal bone levels.

    Correct Answer
    E. Check for interproximal decay and crestal bone levels.
    Explanation
    The primary diagnostic use of a bitewing radiograph is to check for interproximal decay and examine the crestal bone levels.

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  • 23. 

    The size-1 film would most likely be used to radiograph which of the following areas on an adult patient? 

    • A.

      Incisors and cuspids

    • B.

      Maxillary bicuspids

    • C.

      Mandibular bicuspids if the floor of the mouth is too shallow

    • D.

      Mandibular bicupids

    • E.

      Both a and c

    Correct Answer
    A. Incisors and cuspids
    Explanation
    In a 20-film mount full-mouth set of X-rays, the central incisors, lateral incisors, and cuspids are radiographed using a size-1 film.

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