Dental Radiography

Start date

 22nd January 2024








22 hours

GDC Outcomes: B, C & D


5 consecutive days –

1 additional revision & exam afternoon

Course Overview

ICE is a National Reference Centre for Digital Dentistry and offers portfolio support as well as evidence based teaching, making this dental radiography course transferable to your clinic.

As this course is run in partnership with the University of Salford‘s Radiography department, you get the benefits of our state-of-the-art equipment at our fully equipped dental hospital and a University department specialising in radiography.

The course is delivered by a team of imaging specialists and dental professionals, with access to a skills lab for candidates to practice their technique on models before X-Raying patients in their place of work.

Successful completion of the course earns you a certificate from a well-known and respected University, and a CPD certificate from ICE.


The aim of the course is to enable the participant to use ionising radiation safely to produce diagnostic images. The course will provide training as required by the IR(ME)R 2000, Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000. It will enable the course participants to undertake radiographic projections used in dental practice.

Learning outcomes:

The student will be able to:


  • Perform a range of intra-oral examinations on a range of patients to a high standard
  • Perform extra-oral examinations on a range of patients to a high standard
  • Critically appraise radiographic images, identify sources of error and describe how to rectify
    those errors
  • Explain how legislation for radiation protection and COSHH is applied in practice
  • Describe how quality assurance procedures are carried out and used in practice
  • Describe how infection control procedures apply to Dental Radiography
Course Content

This course is designed for qualified dental nurses who would like to be more involved with patient care and support their dentists in the diagnosis and treatment planning by providing good diagnostic radiographs. Teaching on the course will cover:


  1. Radiation Physics
  2. Radiation protection
  3. X-ray apparatus and equipment
  4. Films and processing
  5. Quality Assurance
  6. Digital Imagery & Interpretation
  7. Principles of imaging
  8. Radiological anatomy
  9. Common dental pathology
  10. Practical Techniques

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the entry requirements?

  • Participants must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) and hold the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses Certificate or equivalent.
  • Participants should have at least two years post-qualification experience.

  • The support from the participant’s place of work (General Practice or Community Services) is essential. Participants must have a named supervisor (Dentist or suitably qualified person) who will authenticate the workplace experience required for completion of the clinical experience.

What will I learn?

On completion you will:

      • Have knowledge of the equipment and principles of radiation physics to be able to work safely and effectively in producing a diagnostic quality image.
      • Evaluate the appropriateness of different radiographic techniques to provide safe and effective imaging of patients taking into account their individual needs.
      • Be able to work autonomously whilst still under the direction of the clinician and whilst working within current UK legislation regarding ionising radiation.
      • Be able to perform intra-oral radiographs on prescription.
      • Be able to perform extra-oral radiographs on prescription.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please get in touch with the ICE Education Team:


Tel: 0161 413 8336

How will i be assessed?

The course assessment comprises of two elements:

    1. Written examination
    2. Portfolio (reflective reports and the recording of practical work)

Where is the course being held?

There are 3 academic days held at ICE and 2 practical days held at the University of Salford, in the Mary Seacole building of the University campus.

For directions on how to get to ICE, please visit our contact page. 

I'm booked onto the next course date - I can no longer make it?

If you have made a payment, or have reserved a place, but can no longer attend, please let the ICE Education Team know as soon as possible, by emailing, so we can reallocate your place on the course. We offer a full refund of your course fees if you inform us more than 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

If you are partway through your course  but need to suspend your studies, you will have the option to join the next cohort in accordance with where you left off.

Please note: ICE will do whatever we can to ensure you are able to attend/complete your desired course.