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ONLINE EVENT: IRMER radiography and radiation protection

Event Type
Event Subject
Development Outcomes (C, D)
Topic Groups (Health and Safety, Radiography, Consent and Compliance)
Monday 1 March 2021
00:00 - 05:00
BDA e-learning
Address, ONLINE
Paul Nixon
Booking Fees
  • Essential Member: £95.00
  • Expert Member: £95.00
  • Extra Member: £95.00
  • Senior member: £95.00
  • Non member: £125.00
  • Student member: £95.00

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An IRMER update in dental radiography and radiation protection

Ensure you are complying with obligations under current legislation and good working practice.

Our popular day-long 'IRMER update' lecture programme delivered in a series of easy to access on-demand lecture sessions that can be viewed at a time convenient to you between Monday 1 March and midnight on Wednesday 31 March 2021.* 


 Please email to register your interest for future IRMER course dates*

Learning objectives

Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 (IRMER) impose significant requirements for patient protection. This course will bring you up to date with the legislation concerning dental radiography and ensure you are aware of statutory responsibilities. Covering the principles of justification, optimisation and limitation this course satisfies both the IRMER regulations and core CPD requirements as recommended by the GDC.

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

This 'update' course is suitable for all dentists and DCPs who have already obtained their dental radiography certificate.

Course format

The course will take place online, delivered through a series of on-demand lecture sessions to be viewed at a time that is convenient to you, between Monday 1 March and Wednesday 31 March 2021.


Lecture 1: An update on the regulations IRR and IR(ME)R 2017 (60 mins)
•    Changes in the new legislation
•    The important points for dentists

Lecture 2: Physics and dose limitation (50 mins)
•    Nature of ionising radiation
•    Interaction with tissues
•    Risks associated with radiation
•    Dosimetry and dose limits

Lecture 3: Selection criteria and quality assurance (60 mins)

Lecture 4: Interpretation and CBCT (80 mins)
•    Interpretation principles and pit falls
•    The benefits and use of CBCT

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

Post lecture CPD quiz (10 mins)
The quizzes will automatically launch at the end of each session


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

Paul 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.

Second edition of the Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners on the safe Use of X-ray Equipment

A copy of these guidance notes can be downloaded here


​BDA Member:​£95
​Non Member:​£125

The above fees apply to the online version of this event.

This 'update' course is suitable for all dentists and DCPs who have already obtained their dental radiography certificate.


Development outcome - C and D

5 hours CPD

In order to qualify for a CPD certificate attendees must view in full all four lecture sessions by Wednesday 31 March 2021 (as detailed above) and complete the engagement surveys after the sessions to indicate a satisfactory level of understanding has been achieved.

CPD certificates will be issued the week of Monday 12 April once attendance has been validated and survey responses reviewed.

How to book

If you are a BDA member, or registered user of our website you can book online. Ensure you are logged into the website and then book the event using the pink 'Register' button above (top right). If you are a BDA member but do not know your website login you can reset it here.

Alternatively please contact the Events Team on 020 7563 4590 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

Or complete the booking form and return by email to

Once payment has been received registrants will receive a booking confirmation/receipt. Delegates will receive a further joining instructions email with access links on Monday 1 March 2021.

*Bookings will remain open until Monday 29 March at 12pm*

*Registrations have now closed. Please email to register your interest for future IRMER course dates*


All cancellations must be received in writing by email to Cancellations received 7 days or more prior to a virtual event will be entitled to a 100% refund. For cancellations received after this time, no refund will be given. Failure to view sessions will constitute as a late cancellation and no refund will be given.

Please note: It is not possible to book/attend just one session of this course (and the completion date of midnight Wednesday 31 March 2021 will not be extended).

Delegates must view all parts of the course.

Certificates will not be issued for partial attendance and no refunds will be given for failure to view

Can't view during March?

If you would be interested in alternative online and face-to- face (COVID permitting) event dates do let us know at so we can keep you informed of future plans.

Further information

Should you have any questions regarding this online event please email the team