Nancy Bouchard’s passion for dental education sprang from her own life, experiencing dentistry from many perspectives, and having worked in many roles of dentistry. As a result, she intentionally tailors her lectures and workshops to educate and appeal to all members of the dental team. Before becoming a dentist, she attended Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists and worked for many years as a hygienist in general, pediatric, and periodontal practices. She personally experienced the frustrations of not being able to get diagnostic radiographs on the first attempt. As a result, she is passionate about sharing tips, tricks, and experience to build the skills and confidence of dental professionals.
Dr. Bouchard taught as a faculty member at Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists and Boston University Dental School, where she instructed dental and dental hygiene students in radiation techniques, safety, and interpretation. As a graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School, she is currently a general dentist in Florida.
With steady, near-daily advances in science and technology, the clinical uses of radiation have become monumentally safer since the earliest days of imaging, We will discuss the following areas to take the best radiographs, how to interpret all keeping you and the patient safe.
Safety: review the evidence and national guidelines to protect our patients and ourselves from the potential ill effects of radiation exposure in the dental office. Understand the science of radiation exposure | Review the methods taken to keep patients safe | Articulate the need to keep operators safe while exposing x-rays on patients | Describe accurate, reassuring, natural-language messages that can be used to address patient concerns about radiation from dental radiographs
The Panoramic X-Ray: The technology of the panoramic radiograph has
progressed in the digital era, with exciting potential for clinical advances and
increased diagnostic abilities. The panoramic machine now has more images to expose and reduces radiation exposure, especially for children. But studies of image quality obtained in panoramic images—especially in pediatric patients—reveal there is still room for improvement. A 2012 paper went so far as to
suggest that only 11% of sampled panoramic radiographs were free of positioning errors that compromised image quality. The most common reasons for low quality panoramic images have been identified—and what is known can be prevented and corrected. In this course, we will discuss all things panoramic, from patient positioning to interpretation, as well as up-to-the-minute information on radiation safety for the practitioner and patient.
The Perfect Image: during this lecture, you will decipher the significance behind many of the various “shadows” on dental radiographs, teasing out shades of meaning from the grays. This informative, engaging, comprehensive lecture shows and explains the clinical implications of a wide array of images, covering normal anatomic landmarks as well as the typical markers and appearance of decay and periodontal disease. Intriguing cases will also be reviewed