Principles of Radiation Protection


Course Features

Course Details


The aim of this module is to provide a learning resource for all dental team members involved with radiology.

Successful completion of this course fulfils GDC and CQC requirements for the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IRMER) 2000 and IRR99 for continuing education in radiation protection.

This module covers IRMER requirements for, protection of patients and dental staff from the harmful effects of x-rays, the responsibilities of duty holders and the justification, optimisation and limitation of x-ray exposure.

Radiography and Radiation Protection is a GDC recommended subject for continuing professional development.

This is the second module in a series of four modules.We would recommend viewing the first module in the series before taking this module.

The GDC requires dental professionals to link their CPD activities to at least one development outcome as part of the new enhanced CPD scheme.

This module can be linked to development outcome C:  Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice.

Suitable CPD for all dental team members involved with radiography.

Completion of this module and passing the associated quiz will satisfy GDC requirements for 2 hours of CPD in Radiography and Radiation Protection.

The module meets IRMER requirements for learning relating to radiation protection.

The content does not have to be completed all at once, you will be returned to where you left off when your restart the e-learning module.

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Outline the principles of radiation protection and the statutory requirements relating to dental practice
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of duty holders
  • Be able to apply radiation protection principles in practice
  • Recognise how quality assurance should be applied in dental practice.

Topic 1:  Introduction

Topic 2:  Principles of Radiation Protection

Topic 3:  Roles and Responsibilities

Topic 4:  Practical Radiation Protection

Topic 5:  Quality Assurance

Topic 6:  Summary

There are interactive questions and activities throughout the module which are not assessed.

On completion of the module there is a separately assessed quiz.

You will need to achieve 70 % for this quiz to complete the module and access your CPD certificate. You will have two opportunities to achieve the required score.


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