Course Title: Take a clinical photograph

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: DENT5210C

Course Title: Take a clinical photograph

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6119 - Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)

Course Contact: Eleanor Schroeder

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1412

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 20

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
HLTIN302B Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to take a clinical dental photograph under conditions that can be reproduced.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDA417A Take a clinical photograph


1. Interpret the request for photography

Performance Criteria:

1.1Make accessible in the clean zone of the surgery
the client's necessary charts and records
1.2 Provide full details of the procedure to the client
and/or carer
1.3 Obtain and document consent following ethical
and legal requirements
1.4 Prepare accessories for intraoral photography
1.5 Prepare personal protective equipment for the
client and members of the dental team


2. Prepare to take the photograph

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Compose the image so that the most important
aspects are in the centre of the photograph
2.2 Orientate the image so that subsequent photos
are reproducible
2.3 Ensure there is no calculus or plaque deposits
on the teeth before the image is taken
2.4 Locate the image source to be photographed
appropriately in the depth of field so that the
photograph is in complete focus
2.5 Check the viewfinder to ensure there are no
obstructions to the image


3. Take basic intraoral views in a standardised approach

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Position the client so that conditions for
photography are reproducible
3.2 Stand in a stable position for standard intraoral
views which is reproducible for all photographs
3.3 Select the magnification ratio according to the
desired frame and focus
3.4 Frame the image and ensure positioning of
retractors and mirrors is correct
3.5 Use appropriate lighting so that the image is not


4. Take a portrait and profile photograph

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Explain the purpose of the photograph to the client
4.2 Choose the background colour and texture so that
a full assessment of the profile can be made
4.3 Follow guidelines to position the camera and the
client to ensure reproducible results
4.4 Use a vertical format to completely fill the frame
4.5 Take standard dental portrait views that ensure
images can be reproduced

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have developed the skills and knowledge required to take a clinical dental photograph under conditions that can be reproduced.

Details of Learning Activities

Written assignment

Observation of students taking photographic views in preclinical context and clinical setting taking into consideration:

• Rationale/consent
• Patient management
• Quality of view
• Inclusion of required facial & anatomical structures
• Documentation


Complete portfolios of intraoral & extraoral images:
• Preclinical
• Clinical
Including critiques and relevant records of patient case or scenario

Teaching Schedule

Classes will commence in Semester 2 and be delivered in 3 hour blocks. Each class will include teacher led presentations,  practical experience, group collaboration and self directed learning opportunities.

This unit will also include a practical component in the clinic.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Recommended reading and references as uploaded on blackboard, including classroom presentations

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will include a written task and a portfolio of photographs

Assessment Tasks

Preclinical Assessments:
Taking photos in simulated environment
Clinical Assessments:
Completed Portfolio
All assessments must be completed successfully to achieve a competent result

Assessment Matrix

formative assessment  tasks 50%

Summative assessment (completion and presentation of final photographic portfolio) 50%

Other Information

It is critical that the candidate demonstrate the ability to
 Consistently prepare client, camera and accessories for intraoral photography
 Consistently take intraoral photographs following the same standardized procedure
 Consistently reproduce photographic conditions to make a series of images
 Consistently take standard dental portrait views to ensure reproducible images
 Consistently comply with occupational health and safety procedures
 Consistently implement standard precautions
 Consistently follow procedures to ensure client safety during all dental photography
In addition, the candidate must be able to effectively do the task outlined in elements and
performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of
the identified work role
This includes the ability to:
 Consistently apply standard precautions during clinical dental photography
 Consistently select and prepare equipment and materials required for the photographic
 Consistently produce a good dental radiograph which has:
 adequate reproduction ratio
 correct colour performance
 correct exposure
 even illumination both for extraoral and intraoral photographs
 sufficient depth of field
 sufficient working distance
 Consistently take an appropriate clinical dental photograph for:
 interim treatment records
 post treatment records

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