Radiography and Radiation Protection - update for IRMER operators (BE021118IRMER)

AvailabilityCourse has taken place
SubjectCore - Radiology
DescriptionDo you take or process X-rays? Are you up to date with current legislation and best practice? On 1st January 2018, IRR17 replaced IRR99, and on 6th February 2018, IR(MER)18 replaced both the original IR(ME)R 2000 and the amendments from 2006 and 2011.This course will provide you with an update in IRR17 and IR(ME)R18, by helping you understand the latest regulations and changes.
VenueJohn Lister Postgraduate Centre, Slough - Berkshire - East  View details
Date & timeFriday 2 November 2018, 09:30 to 16:00
LecturerClare Wray  View details
Target audienceRecommended to all
Development outcomeNo development outcome
Course styleLecture
Core topicRadiography & Radiation Protection
CPD hours5:00

The aim of this course is to provide continuing education and training in dental radiography as part of life-long learning for operators who carry out all or part of the practical aspects associated with a radiographic examination, such as taking and processing x rays.


1. To explain the principles of radiation physics and the risks of ionising radiation in dental radiography.

2. To consider radiation doses in dental radiography and factors affecting dose.

3. To discuss the statutory responsibilities for IRMER practitioners and operators by examining current UK legislation and guidelines governing the use if ionising radiation in dentistry.

4. To consider the principles of radiation protection.

5. To provide information on the requirements of quality assurance systems, medico-legal dental radiography, record keeping and clinical audit.

Learning outcomes

1. Describe the fundamentals of radiation physics, and the risk/benefits and biological effects of radiation, so as to demonstrate knowledge of hazard associated with exposure.

2. Summarise the factors affecting radiation doses received by patients and staff in dental radiology, and outline attendant quality assurance systems , so as to demonstrate theoretical ability to minimise risks and ensure the consistent quality of radiographs.

3. Outline general points of current UK legislation and guidance governing the use of ionising radiation in dentistry, so as to demonstrate awareness of statutory responsibilities.

4. Summarise the principles of radiation protection, so as to demonstrate theoretical ability regarding the safe use of radiographs in dental practice.

5. Recognise and describe key aspects of radiography quality assurance framework, so as to implement effective strategies in own practice.