Comparison of Dental Students’ Competency Scores When Interpreting Conventional versus Digital Radiographs
Huynh, Carolyn P.
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With the transition from conventional radiographs to digital radiographs, dental educators are concerned whether this shift would have any impact on dental students’ ability to interpret digital images efficiently. The aim of the study was to evaluate and compare dental students’ competency scores when interpreting conventional versus digital radiographs during their radiology training. Competency scores were collected from 330 third year dental students and were used to evaluate the differences between conventional (n=512) and digital (n=164) radiographs. Mean competency score between the two groups were compared using an independent sample t test. Mean competency scores for the conventional and digital radiographs were 88.55 and 87.04, respectively. Based on these results it is clear that students who were trained using conventional x-rays performed better in their competency evaluation. This paper discusses the results and makes suggestions for future research on this topic.