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The role of the IRMER practitioner in dose radiation

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Friday 10 July 2015 - Wednesday 1 August 2018
00:00 - 01:00
BDA e-learning
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  • Dental Care Professional: £30.00
  • BDA member: £40.00
  • Non member: £60.00

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To expose or not to expose? that is the question!

The role of the IR(ME)R practitioner in dose radiation

Session synopsis

Patients often ask dental practitioners why they require dental radiographs and what the risks of having radiographs are. This session will attempt to give an overview of the dose patients will receive from dental radiographs and how the risks can be communicated to patients. The role of the IR(ME)R practitioner in justification of the exposure will be covered together with issues raised about direct access and if dental hygienists and therapists are able to clinically justify radiographs.

It will also update practitioners on the evidence base for recommending dental radiographs dependent upon the clinical examination and diagnosis and the frequency of taking radiographs, based upon the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners, Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography 3rd Edition 2013. Also, the number of dental practices purchasing and utilising Cone beam CT is increasing and the selection criteria for CBCT will be discussed.

Lecture filmed at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition 2015

Learning objectives

  • Understand the role of the IRMER practitioner

  • Select appropriate dental radiographs for your patients

  • Understand the use of Cone Beam CT in the management of dental patients.



1 hour of verifiable CORE CPD

A CPD certificate (in the name of the purchaser) will be available to download once viewing of this online lecture has been completed.

About the speaker


Jane Luker, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Oral and Dental Sciences, University of Bristol and Dental Postgraduate Dean for Health Education South West

Jane Luker qualified in Dentistry from King's College, University of London. Following SHO and Registrar posts in London, Bristol and Leeds she obtained her Fellowship in Dental Surgery (RCS Edinburgh) following completion of a PhD in Oral Pathology at the University of Bristol Dental Hospital and School.  She developed the dental service for medically compromised patients within the trust prior to commencing specialist training in Dental & Maxillofacial Radiology.


Jane was appointed Consultant in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology at the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust in 2000 and the Element Lead for Undergraduate Teaching in Dental Radiology. From 2002-2009  she was Clinical Director/Lead Doctor for Dental Services, and appointed Deputy Medical Director in September 2008 and Postgraduate Dental Dean for the South West in December 2013.  Jane remains in active teaching and training, regularly delivering core training in radiology to dentists. She is currently President of the British Society of Dental & Maxillofacial Radiology (April 2013-2015) and an examiner in the Diploma of Dental Radiology, Royal College of Radiologists.


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