IR(ME)R – Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations

Dentistry has used X-Rays for over 100 years to assist with diagnosis and treatment planning.  Radiation is extremely dangerous in large doses.  But when used in small doses, such as dental x-rays, the benefits far out way the risks.  Patients are often concerned about having an x-ray taken.  Therefore, reassurance may need to be provided stating that the low level of radiation, used for a fraction of a second, make x-rays an essential diagnostic tool.

How X-rays work

X-rays pass through the different structures of the tooth undetected.  The energy from the x-ray is absorbed at different rates depending on the density of the structure. The dense areas such as an amalgam filling is white; whereas the softer parts of the tooth such as the nerve shows is dark.

The government set regulations that any practitioner needs to comply with. Those regulations can be found on the government website.  The regulations are updated regularly, therefore, it is essential that practitioners maintain their level of expertise.

Dental IR(ME)R Course Online

Our IR(ME)R course is suitable for all radiography qualified members of the dental team.  The course is a great way to ensure you are up to date with the latest methodology.  It meets all the GDC requirements and enables 5 hours of eCPD too .

The Dental IR(ME)R Course covers the following:

  • The nature of x-rays, the risk of ionising radiation and the principles of radiation protection in dental radiology.
  • Radiation doses in dental radiology, the factors affecting radiation dose and the concept of clinical justification.
  • The principles of a quality assurance programme.
  • Maintenance and testing of x-ray equipment.
  • Common problems in dental radiography.
  • Understanding of Digital Radiography.
  • How the equipment and materials used control the radiation dose.
  • Legislation concerning dental radiology and the statutory responsibilities.

If you wish to discuss how IR(ME)R training can benefit you, please give us a call on 0118 9261533

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