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Our popular 'IRMER update' lecture programme is delivered through a series of five on-demand lecture sessions to be viewed at a time that is convenient to you, between Monday 1 July 2024 until midnight on Wednesday 31 July 2024.

What to expect

Join us on a lecture-based online course to ensure you are complying with obligations under current legislation and enhance awareness of good working practice.
This course will bring you up to date with the legislation concerning dental radiography and ensure you are aware of statutory responsibilities. Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 (IRMER) impose significant requirements for patient protection. Covering the principles of justification, optimisation and limitation this course satisfies both the IRMER regulations and core CPD requirements as recommended by the GDC.

Learning objectives

  • To understand the principles of radiation physics
  • To be aware of the risks of ionising radiation
  • To understand the radiation doses in dental radiography and the factors affecting them
  • To recognise the principles of radiation protection
  • To be up to date on the statutory requirements, selection criteria and quality assurance
  • To understand the various imaging modalities available including digital imaging and 3D (CBCT)
  • To understand the principles of radiographic interpretation and problems which may occur.

Development outcomes

C and D


Session 1: An update on the regulations IRR and IR(ME)R 2017 (50 mins)

  • Changes in the new legislation
  • The important points for dentists

Session 2: Physics and dose limitation (57 mins)

  • Nature of ionising radiation
  • Interaction with tissues
  • Risks associated with radiation
  • Dosimetry and dose limit

Session 3: Selection criteria and quality assurance (66 mins)

Session 4: Interpretation and CBCT (87 mins)

  • Interpretation principles and pit falls
  • The benefits and use of CBCT

Session 5: Q&A session of previously asked questions (40 mins)

Post-lecture CPD quizzes
The quizzes will automatically launch at the end of each lecture and time to complete each survey is included in the above session durations.

CPDA - GP214 for Scottish attendees

Please note this course is NOT approved by NES for Postgraduate Education Attendance Allowance.

Please contact us for more information prior to booking. 

Meet the speaker

Paul Nixon Paul Nixon Consultant in Maxillofacial Radiology, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Paul Nixon is Consultant in Maxillofacial Radiology at Liverpool Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, and is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Liverpool. He has many years of experience in lecturing on different aspects of Dental Radiology and is the author of several publications in this area.