The Oregon Board of Dentistry has recently been notified AGAIN by Oregon Radiation Protection Services that during recent inspections of dental offices in Oregon that dentists are allowing dental assistants to take x-rays without an approved Oregon Radiologic Proficiency Certification.
The Oregon Dental Practice Act requires that all dental assistants taking x-rays must have an Oregon Radiologic Proficiency Certificate and it must be posted. A certificate from any other state does not work in Oregon.
This provision has existed for more than 30 plus years.
Dentists are urged to check their dental assistants' certification and if they do not have an Oregon Radiologic Certificate that they cease taking x-rays until one is obtained.
The Board has and will continue to take appropriate disciplinary action in cases like this.