Course Title: Take a clinical photograph

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: DENT5210C

Course Title: Take a clinical photograph

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact : Paulette Smith

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411403

Course Contact

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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:

1.1 Make 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 overexposed


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

Includes a combination of some or all of the following, Class attendance and participation, individual or group project work, e-learning, self-directed learning, Blackboard collaborate.

Teaching Schedule

Timetable issued in February

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Pre clinical.


Assessment Tasks

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

Assessment Matrix

• Evidence of essential knowledge and understanding may be provided by:

• traditional or online (computer-based) assessment
• questions during workplace/simulated assessment
• written assignments/projects
• Case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice
• Staff and/or client feedback
• Supporting statement of supervisor
• Authenticated evidence of relevant work experience and/or formal/informal learning
• Role play/simulation

Final photography portfolio to be submitted 100%

Other Information

This unit must be assessed after successful achievement of pre-requisites:
• HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
• HLTIN302B Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work
This unit contains Employability Skills

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