SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M2B820784
Module Leader Susanne Agar
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject SHLS - School Office
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of level 1 modules

Summary of Content

This module will provide students with instruction and practical experience in the referral criteria, taking, processing and interpretation of intra- and extra-oral radiographs. It will include instructions in the hazards of ionizing radiation and provide current UK/European regulations pertaining to those hazards. Opportunities should be readily available for students to take radiographs for the patients they are treating and students should be able to assess image quality. The learning outcomes specified by the General Dental Council for undergraduate training brings together the 2008 curriculum for dental students and the 2008 curriculum for Dental Care Professionals undertaking radiography as IR(ME)R operators. This 2015 version "Preparing for Practice" acknowledges the GDC's decision to allow certain Dental Care Professionals, namely therapists and hygienists, to act as IR(ME)R referrers, IR(ME)R practitioners and also as IR(ME)R operators who can report radiographs. It is therefore crucial that undergraduates of the BSc Oral Health Sciences programme follow the same programme of study as the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) undergraduates. This equates to notational teaching and assessment hours to the value of 10 credits.


Normal radiographic anatomy Techniques Fault analysis and quality assurance Physics revision Interpretation Radiation regulations Digital radiography Orthopantomographs Bitewing radiographs Periapical radiographs

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Exercise knowledge and skills in taking and processing the available range of general dental film views used.2. Exercise interpretation of anatomical features and common pathology in dental radiographs.3. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of current ionising radiation regulations, radiation protection, dose reduction and hazards. 4. Effectively explain dental radiographic techniques principles.5. Describe alternative imaging techniques.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Tuition is by individual supervision, teaching, facilitation of learning combined with demonstrations and tutorial support and personal tutoring and counselling where appropriate. Structured clinical practical sessions to reinforce, integrate and apply theoretical knowledge and experience.

Indicative Reading

Brocklebank LM. Dental Radiology.(1997) Oxford University Press. Horner K. Interpreting Dental Radiographs.(2002) Quintessence. Whaites E.(2005) Essentials of Dental Radiography and Radiology. Churchill Livingstone.

Transferrable Skills

Logical planning Self reliance Evaluation of self Skills of reflection Independent learning and study

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Placement 12.00
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 58.00
Lectures (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School Exam) 2.00 50.00 40% Multiple Short Questions40% Threshold is a regulatory Body requirement (GDC)
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 40% Practical competencies40% Threshold is a regulatory Body requirement (GDC). Exception case 206