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Improving Your Radiography Technique

To update dental healthcare professionals and improve their knowledge of radiography technique to ensure safe working practices and improved patient care.

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Improving Your Radiography Technique
Improving Your Radiography Technique

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01 Jun 2023, 19:00 – 20:00


About the Event

Improving Your Radiography Technique

Good radiography technique is essential when performing intra-oral and panoramic radiographs. Whilst the majority of examinations are straightforward, some will present challenges due to variations in patient anatomy, pathology and ability to co-operate.

This short course for dental health care professionals is aimed at those with some experience of radiography who are looking to improve and develop their skills. It will give attendees a greater understanding of the main technique factors that affect image quality, how to assess radiographic images and correctly identify technique faults. It will discuss alternative techniques that may be used in challenging situations to overcome practical problems, and the importance of regular audit and quality assurance to maximise image quality and optimise radiation dose.


To update dental healthcare professionals and improve their knowledge of radiography technique to ensure safe working practices and improved patient care.

Good radiography technique is an essential part of radiation dose limitation in dental radiography.  This course will cover parts of the syllabus set out in Schedule 2 of IR(ME)R and attendance can contribute towards the GDC recommended CPD update requirements. An attendance certificate will be issued.


This course will cover radiography techniques for intra-oral and panoramic imaging examinations. It will discuss the factors that affect image quality and the criteria used for the assessment of images. Common technique faults will be identified and methods for successfully avoiding these in practice will be detailed and discussed. Through discussion of a series of practical examples, attendees will understand the alternative techniques that may be used in challenging situations to overcome problems presented by different patient conditions. Attendees will develop understanding of the importance of quality assurance and clinical audit and identify the regular checks that should be performed.

Learning outcomes

Upon Completion of this course, delegates will:

· Understand the main technique factors that affect image quality

· Be able to list the key criteria by which to assess intra-oral and DPT radiographs

· Be able to identify common technique faults which can occur when performing intra-oral and DPT examinations and understand how they can be avoided.

· Be able to list alternative techniques that could be used in difficult situations

· Be able to identify appropriate strategies for overcoming problems presented by patients with challenging conditions

· Understand the importance of a quality assurance programme and clinical audit and the basic regular checks that should be undertaken.

Role Intended:


Dental Therapists

Dental Technicians

Clinical Dental Technicians

Dental Nurses

Dental Students

Dental Receptionists


Offers are provided for members.

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CPD Hours:


Subject areas:

Treatment planning, patient exam, diagnosis & management (B, C)

Pre-course material:

No pre-course reading material is required.


Should you have any enquiry regarding this course please contact


Dr Mark Viner


Senior Tutor in Radiography QMUL – Barts & The London School of Dentistry

Mark has over 38 years’ experience as a radiographer, radiology manager and NHS senior manager in London Teaching Hospitals.

As radiology manager for Barts and the London NHS Trust, he was responsible for all aspects of radiation protection throughout the radiology departments at St Bartholomew’s, The Royal London, Mile End and London Chest Hospitals working closely with the Department of Clinical Physics to implement and ensure compliance with radiation protection legislation. From 2001-2014 he was deputy head of clinical design and commissioning at Barts Health, responsible for clinical design, equipping and commissioning across all clinical areas in the new hospitals of this £1bn scheme, including the 13 room digital imaging department in the dental hospital & school.

Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in radiography education, as a visiting lecturer at a number of UK universities and presenting at national and international conferences. He took up the position of Senior Tutor in Radiography in 2014 and teaches on the undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in dentistry. He also lectures in forensic radiography at Cranfield University, Defence Academy of the UK, Shrivenham.

He has a specific interest in dental & forensic imaging and forensic human identification , has authored a number of papers and book chapters on the subject and is currently completing a PhD by prior publication. He is module lead for Dental and Maxillo Facial Radiography of the NHS E-learning for health on-line learning programme and has co-authored a series of articles for Dental Practice Magazine. He is co-editor of the second edition of Brogdon’s Forensic Radiography, founder editorial board member of the Journal of Forensic Radiology & Imaging and a founder board member of both the International Association of Forensic Radiographers and The International Society of Forensic Radiology & Imaging. He is also Fitness to Practice Panel member for the UK Health Care Professions Council.

He has been awarded the Fellowship of the College of Radiographers, The Gold Medal of the Society & College of Radiographers and a Winston Churchill Fellowship.

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