One of the major benefits of this course is that it is delivered by a team of experienced and qualified imaging specialists and dental professionals. This ensures that participants are receiving training that is based on a deep understanding of the field and is informed by a wealth of practical experience. Additionally, the course includes access to a Skills Lab, where candidates can practice their technique on models before X-raying patients in their place of work. This hands-on experience is crucial for building the confidence and skills needed to produce diagnostic images in a real-world setting.
Another key advantage of this course is the delivery in partnership with the University of Salford, which means that participants have access to state-of-the-art equipment and the expertise of a university department that specialises in radiography. This provides participants with a level of training and resources that might not be available on other radiography courses.
The main aim of the course is to enable delegates to use ionizing radiation safely to produce diagnostic images. The course provides training as required by the IR(ME)R 2000, Ionizing Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 and enables participants to undertake radiographic projections used in dental practice. This includes the use of equipment and techniques for taking X-rays of various parts of the oral and maxillofacial region, such as panoramic and cephalometric projections.
The learning outcomes for the course include the ability to perform a range of intra-oral and extra-oral examinations on a range of patients to a high standard. This includes learning how to properly position patients, select the appropriate radiographic technique and interpret the resulting images. Additionally, participants will learn how to critically appraise radiographic images, identify sources of error and describe how to rectify those errors. This includes understanding how to troubleshoot equipment problems and how to recognise and address issues that may affect the quality of the images.
Delegates will also gain an understanding of legislation for radiation protection and COSHH as applied in practice. This includes learning about the regulations and guidelines that govern the use of ionizing radiation in dental practice and how to adhere to those guidelines to protect patients and staff from unnecessary exposure to radiation. They will also learn about quality assurance procedures and their application in practice, including how to properly maintain and test equipment and how to ensure that images are of diagnostic quality.
The course also covers infection control procedures as they apply to Dental Radiography. This includes learning about standard precautions, sterilisation and disinfection procedures as well as the proper handling and disposal of contaminated materials.
The course is designed for qualified Dental Nurses who would like to be more involved with patient care and support their Dentists in diagnosis and treatment planning, by providing good diagnostic radiographs. Topics covered include radiation physics, radiation protection, X-ray apparatus and equipment, films and processing, quality assurance, digital imagery and interpretation, principles of imaging, radiological anatomy, common dental pathology and practical techniques.