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Image quality analysis

The purpose of a QA programme for image quality is to ensure the consistent production of radiographs of adequate quality for diagnostic purposes and to minimise the number of repeat …

What is a dental QA programme?

Dental practices are required to establish a comprehensive quality assurance (QA) programme to meet the requirements of both IRR17 and IRMER17. IRR17 focuses on controlling occupational exposures, so the QA …

IRMER17 Referral Guidelines

Every dental practice must establish referral guidelines for dental radiography and ensure that these are available to all referrers, both those within and outside the practice. Note that as far …

IRMER17 Requirements

When considering the requirements of IRMER17, it’s useful to recall the fifteen written procedures required by regulation 6 and schedule 2 of IRMER17. This article gives more information about these …

How does IRR17 work on other premises?

IRR17 requires that where employees undertake work with ionising radiation on another employer’s premises, both employers must co-operate to ensure that all employees are adequately protected and the requirements of …

Training – IRR17, IRMER17 and Dental CBCT

In this step we will look at the important subject of radiation protection training, focussing on what is required by IRR17 and IRMER17, what is recommended by the General Dental …

IRMER17 and X-Rays

In this article we’ll start to look at the requirements of IRMER17, in particular the requirements that you need to consider prior to undertaking any X-ray imaging. Purpose of IRMER17 …

Patient Contact Shielding in Radiography

Patient contact shielding is available for use in radiography – protective lead aprons and thyroid shields (or guards). Both these items incorporate a thin sheet of material (usually lead) to …

Practical optimisation of patient doses

This video discusses methods that operators of dental X-ray equipment can use to optimise patient doses of radiation. Optimisation of radiation dose relies on specialist features of the X-ray equipment …

Introducing X-radiation

The video above will refresh your knowledge of what X-radiation is and how it is produced. This will ensure you have a solid understanding before we move on to the …

Administrative procedures to restrict doses

James talks about his role in implementing administrative controls within his practice to limit staff exposure to radiation. This video covers the administrative controls that supplement the engineering controls required …

Designation of Controlled Areas

Should the radiation risk assessment determine that: It is necessary for a person entering an area to follow special procedures in order to restrict significant exposures or While working in …

Accidental Doses in Dental Radiography

All employers must take steps to reduce the likelihood of anyone, whether staff or patients, receiving an accidental radiation dose due to their work with X-rays. Again we will look …