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Unit information: Dental Radiography - Dental Therapy in 2015/16

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Unit name Dental Radiography - Dental Therapy
Unit code DENT20004
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Duncan
Open unit status Not open

Students must have passed a recognised certificate in Dental Radiology including local infiltration and inferior dental block.



School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


Students will have a sound knowledge and critical understanding of the principles underlying radiography and radiology, and be able to use critical evaluation to solve clinical problems.

The aims of this unit are:-

  • To revisit the core of knowledge in dental radiography as approved by the council of the British Society of Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology with an emphasis on remit and scope of practice of the Dental Therapist.
  • To equip the student with theoretical and practice experience in the referral criteria, taking, processing and interpretation of intra and extra oral radiographs.
  • To ensure the student receives adequate training as specified in the ionising radiation (Medical Exposure) regulation (IRMER) and includes the effects of ionising radiation on the tissues and the importance of quality control and quality assurance.
  • To provide students with detailed teaching in diagnostic radiology as relevant to their specific areas of practice within Dental Therapy.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Be competent at taking and processing the various film views used in general dental practice.
  • Be competent at identifying anatomical features and interpreting common pathology.
  • Have knowledge of the hazards of ionising radiation and regulations relating to them, including radiation protection and dose radiation.
  • Be familiar with the principles, which underlie dental radiograph techniques.
  • Be familiar with the assessment of image quality.
  • Be familiar with alternative imaging techniques

Teaching details

  • Lectures
  • Small group teaching
  • Independent study
  • Practical sessions

Assessment Details

Summative Unseen 1 hour written examination, comprising short answer questions.

Formative Students attend a placement in the Dental Radiography Department where they record their clinical practice via log books and this is assessed by the Radiographers.

Reading and References

Essentials of Dental Radiography and Radiology Waites E ISBN 0443-07027

Oral & Maxillofacial Diagnostic Imaging Farman/Allen G ISBN: 08016 15496

Basic Principles of Oral Radiography Kasle-Langlais ISBN: 07216 52913

Textbook of Dental Radiology Langland/Olaf ISBN: 03980 27463

Oral Radiology Goaz/White ISBN: -9-17 72953

A Radiographical Atlas of Disease of the Teeth & Jaw Browne/Edmondson/Rout ISBN: 04712 56161