IRMER Course 8-9-17 – Learning Objectives

Justification, Optimisation and Limitation
– an IR(ME)R course in dental radiography and radiation protection

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course participants should:

  • Understand the principles of radiation physics
  • Know the risks of ionising radiation and the principles of radiation protection in dental radiology
  • Know the radiation doses in dental radiology and the factors affecting radiation dose
  • Understand the principles of a Quality Assurance programme
  • Understand the use of selection criteria in relation to dental radiography
  • Know the changes to the legislation concerning dental radiology and be aware of their statutory responsibilities
  • Understand the various imaging modalities available, including 2D and 3D (CBCT) digital imaging, and their advantages and disadvantages in dentistry and the various factors that affect diagnostic yield


Recommended reading:

Guidance Notes of Dental Practitioners on the Safe Use of X-ray Equipment (DoH, 2001)

Selection Criteria in Dental Radiography 3rd Ed (Faculty of General Dental Practitioners, Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2013)

Essentials of Dental Radiography and Radiology 5th Ed, Eric Whaites and Nicholas Drage, (Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone, 2013)

Radiography and Radiology for Dental Care Professionals 3rd Ed, Eric Whaites and Nicholas Drage (Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone, 2013)

Guidance on the Safe Use of Dental Cone Beam CT (Computed Tomography) Equipment (HPA Dec 2010)

Guidance on the Safe Use of Hand-held X-ray equipment (PHE 2016)