To take radiographs as a dental assistant in Utah, you’ll need to either pass the Dental Assistant National Board’s (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety exam (RHS) or graduate from a radiology course approved by the Utah Dentist and Dental Hygienist Licensing Board or a CODA-accredited program. Dental assistants are still trained in-office to take radiographs because it does take some skill and safety precautions to take them correctly.
Since 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.