Integrating photo-stimulable phosphor plates into dental and dental hygiene radiography curricula
Tax, C. L.
Robb, C. L.
Brillant, M. G.
Doucette, H. J.
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It is not known whether the integration of photo-stimulable phosphor (PSP) plates into dental and dental hygiene curricula creates unique learning challenges for students. The purpose of this two-year study was to determine if dental hygiene students had more and/or different types of errors when using PSP plates compared to film and whether the PSP imaging plates had any particular characteristics that needed to be addressed in the learning process. Fifty-nine first-year dental hygiene students at one Canadian dental school were randomly assigned to two groups (PSP or film) before exposing their initial full mouth series on a teaching manikin using the parallel technique. The principal investigator determined the number and types of errors based on a specific set of performance criteria. The two groups (PSP vs. film) were compared for total number and type of errors made. Results of the study indicated the difference in the total number of errors made using PSP or film was not statistically significant; however, there was a difference in the types of errors made, with the PSP group having more horizontal errors than the film group. In addition, the study identified a number of unique characteristics of the PSP plates that required special consideration for teaching this technology.
Tax, C. L., C. L. Robb, M. G. Brillant, and H. J. Doucette. 2013. "Integrating photo-stimulable phosphor plates into dental and dental hygiene radiography curricula." Journal of dental education 77(11): 1451-1460.