Mastering Digital Full-mouth & Panoramic Radiographic Techniques: A Hands-on Program

Radiographic techniques

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Advance your practice with this newly-designed, innovative course. During two video-based presentations and hands-on training under the direction of our experienced instructors, you will receive the latest insights on how to create quality periapical, bitewing and panoramic images.

You will gain experience in:

  • Placing and exposing digital radiographs on a skull
  • Evaluating the images for diagnostic quality
  • Retaking radiographs that do not meet the diagnostic criteria
  • Placing digital sensors correctly

During the hands-on training session, you will review panoramic radiography concepts and receive research-supported insights on proper patient positioning. Our expert instructors will offer one-on-one instruction and immediate feedback on your technique.

Learn How To

  • Assess when and how to use the paralleling and bisecting angle techniques
  • Identify the anatomical features required for a specific radiographic image
  • Determine when it is necessary to re-take a radiograph
  • Apply techniques to eliminate cone cutting, overlapping, foreshortening and elongation
  • Utilize digital sensor positioners
  • Adapt digital sensor placement to improve patient comfort

Training Methods

Video-based presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on experience

Please note: We will be using Schick®CDR Elite digital sensors with Rinn XCP™sensor holders, and an Orthopantomograph® OP200D panoramic unit from Instrumentarium Dental, Inc., in this course. MiPACS® is the digital software system in use at the School of Dentistry. We will not be discussing digital software in this course. Operational concepts learned on brand-specific equipment can be applied to other systems.

Meet Our Experts

Robert E. Conlin, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Outreach Division and Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Katie E. Nieber, RT, Registered Radiologic Technologist, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Katie teaches dental radiologic principles and techniques to dental, dental therapy, and dental hygiene students at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Gina Radeck, CDA, LDA, Radiology Clinic Supervisor, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.


Here's what past attendees liked about the program:

“I enjoyed the hands-on experience practicing taking radiographs on the skull. I also thought the tips and tricks for correcting errors were very helpful.” Paige Kressin, Wahpeton, North Dakota

"Great balance with lecture and clinical teaching. Easy to follow along in lecture. All questions thoroughly answered." Megan Leviton, Plymouth, Minnesota

"Intimate setting, felt comfortable talking to instructors." Andee Year, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

"Hands on, teachers close by and very helpful, great with explaining technique and how to adjust." Sheila Czech, Glencoe, Minnesota

"Very helpful with hints of taking better x-rays, awesome class! Instructors very helpful and friendly! Thank you." Ann Simmons, Glencoe, Minnesota

Course details

Step One

Watch Video One: Digital Radiographic Technique for Full-mouth, Periapical & Bitewing Radiographs

Topics covered in Video One include:

  • Criteria for sensor placement
  • Anatomy and landmarks
  • Evaluation strategies: basic angulation and error correction
  • Radiation safety and hygiene
  • XCP film holder demonstration

Please view the entire video prior to September 22, 2018, setting aside 90 minutes to watch and draft questions related to the subject content.

Robert Conlin, DDS
Katie Nieber, RT 
(Original presentation: September 16, 2017)

Step Two

Watch Video Two: Panoramic Imaging 

Topics covered in Video Two include:

  • Panoramic radiography and anatomy
  • Basic panoramic anatomy
  • Evaluation and troubleshooting of common positioning errors
  • Demonstration of panoramic positioning
  • Phosphor plates: how they work and when to use them
  • Endodontic techniques: successfully capturing endodontic images with digital equipment

Please view the entire video prior to September 22, 2018, setting 60 minutes to watch and draft questions related to the subject content.

Robert Conlin, DDS
Katie Nieber, RT 
(Original presentation: September 16, 2017)

Step Three

Attend the on-campus, hands-on program on September 22, 2018, where you will perform:

  • Needs assessment of digital full-mouth and panoramic radiographic techniques
  • Radiographs on skulls
  • Panoramic patient positioning
  • Practice with sensor placement 

Special instructions

Please bring with you any digital film holding device that you would like to practice with during the hands-on portion of the program.

Please note that on weekends, you must enter Moos Tower from the second floor (the Washington Avenue entrance located below street level) or use the tunnel from the Washington Avenue parking ramp to access Moos Tower.

What to wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature.

Refund policy

A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least one month (30 total days) before the program. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the program, $100 will be deducted from your refund. For registrations charged to your credit card the refund will be credited to your account. No cash refunds will be issued on charged registrations.

Schedule for the hands-on session

  • Final registration will begin at 8:00 AM 
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration.
  • The program will run from 8:30 AM to 1:15 PM
  • There will be a 15-minute refreshment break mid-morning.

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Directions, parking & hotel

Directions & Map

Moos Health Sciences Tower
515 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Moos HS Tower is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus, at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Harvard Street SE.

Get directions to Moos Tower and the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp.


Parking is available in the Washington Avenue Ramp. The Washington Avenue Ramp is located at 501 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

You will need to push the button on the stationary box in order to receive a parking slip and activate the gate. Detailed instructions for exiting the ramp will be provided during the program. Parking charges will be billed to Continuing Dental Education.

If the ramp is FULL or EVENT PARKING is in place, please inform the attendant that you are attending a Continuing Dental Education conference in the School of Dentistry.

PLEASE NOTE: If you park anywhere besides the Washington Ave. Ramp, you will be responsible for the parking fees.

The Graduate Minneapolis hotel guests only: If you are staying at the Graduate Minneapolis (formerly the Commons Hotel), we encourage that you make parking reservations directly with the hotel. We cannot validate parking for overnight stays. Validated parking is only available during course hours.


Hotel accommodations are available at the Graduate Minneapolis, located directly across the street from the Dental School. To reserve your room at the special Continuing Dental Education rate:

  • Call the Graduate Minneapolis, 612-379-8888, and ask for in-house reservations. Tell the reservationist the dates of your stay and that you want a room under the reservation for “Continuing Dental Education.” Ask the reservationist to enter your name for one of the rooms at the special Continuing Dental Education rate.
  • If you are outside the United States or do not wish to call, please email with the dates you intend to stay and ask to have your name entered for one of the reservations under “Continuing Dental Education.”

Link to a list of hotels near campus

Enrollment is limited to 20.


$395 dental therapist, dental hygienist, licensed dental assistant

$495 dentist


7 hours

Minnesota Credits
7 fundamental


8:30 AM to 1:15 PM


4-210G Moos HS Tower
(Lynda J. Young Conference Room)
Minneapolis Campus

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