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ONLINE EVENT: IRMER radiography and radiation protection

Event Type
Event Subject
Topic Groups (Ethics and Regulation, Health and Safety, Radiography)
Sunday 1 August 2021
00:00 - 00:00
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

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Our popular day-long 'IRMER update' lecture programme delivered in a series of five easy to access on-demand lecture sessions that can be viewed at a time convenient to you between Sunday 1 August until midnight on Tuesday 31 August 2021.

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 andensure you are aware of statutory responsibilities. Covering the principles of justification, optimisation and limitation this course satisfies both the IRMER regulations and core CPD requirementsas recommended by the GDC.

Learning objectives

  • 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 five on-demand lecture sessions to be viewed at a time that is convenient to you, between Sunday 1 August and Tuesday 31 August 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

Lecture 5: 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 photo.jpgPaul 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.


​BDA member:​£95

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 five lecture sessions by Tuesday 31 August 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 13 September 2021 once attendance has been validated and survey responses reviewed.

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

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Wish to attend but are not GDC-registered? Then please do give us a call and we will take your booking over the phone.

*REGISTRATION CLOSES ON FRIDAY 27 AUGUST AT 12PM* (To ensure sufficient time to finish the course before the completion deadline).



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 Tuesday 31 August 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.

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Further information

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

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