To take radiographs as a dental assistant in New Mexico, you will need to observe five full-mouth series of intraoral radiographs and pass the Dental Assistant National Board’s (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam. After passing the RHS, you must pass a state radiography exam, pass the New Mexico jurisprudence exam, and apply to the New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care for radiography certification. Dental assistants are still trained in-office to take radiographs because it does take some skill and safety precautions to take them correctly. Radiographs do expose the human body to slight amounts of radiation, typically dental assistants will limit their exposure by setting up the radiograph and activating the sensor a few feet away from the patient. In some dental offices, pregnant dental assistants are not to take radiographs. If you do have concerns about taking radiographs regularly, most dental offices will accommodate you, but there really is not much to worry about with the limited exposure.