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IRMER Radiological Optimisation


About this course


Dental staff in the UK are required by law to be "IRMER Trained". This law applies to everyone involved in taking and/or processing radiographs, not just GDC registrants. This course covers Radiological Optimisation, with particular reference to The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 and the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017.

Optimisation is about ensuring that the dose a patient receives is the minimum required to obtain a useful radiograph.

This course is a GDC Highly Recommended CPD Topic (Radiography and radiation protection).

This course is relevant to the whole dental team.

This course provides training for the roles of Operator, Practitioner, Referrer, Legal Person, and Radiation Protection Advisor.

CPD Time: 1 hour (1 CE Credit)

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Assessment: 12 MCQs. Pass mark 75%. more…

On passing the assessment you will immediately receive a GDC-recognised Enhanced CPD IRMER Certificate.

Access: You will have access for 12 months, and can take the course as often as you wish in this period.

The aim of the learning and teaching materials in this course is to allow learners to develop their professional knowledge and understanding of Optimisation in the context of Radiation Protection, in line with their identified personal development requirements.

Course objective
• to teach the knowledge required to implement and comply with the optimisation requirements of Radiography and Radiation Protection, in line with the theoretical knowledge requirements of the IRR and IR(ME)R laws and current professional recommendations.

Anticipated learning outcomes:
The learner will:
• understand the principles and theory of radiological optimisation.
• have an understanding of the principles of justification.
• be able to apply these principles to X-ray equipment and sensors / films.
• learn the operator techniques needed to avoid errors in exposure or processing.
• through achieving these outcomes, provide an improved level of service to their patients.

GDC Development Outcomes

Learning content:
Radiological Optimisation | The ALARP principle | Radiological Justification | The X-ray set | Panoramic (OPG) Sets | Radiographic Sensors and Films | Intensifying screens | Digital Sensors | Operator Technique | Tube Distance | Blurring | Horizontal Tube Angulation | Vertical Tube Angulation | Other technique errors

Show suggested PDP entry

You can copy and adapt this example PDP entry for your own needs and circumstances. The format complies with GDC guidance on PDP structure.

PDP Learning or Maintenance need
IRMER training compliance in radiographical optimisation
How does this relate to my field of practice?
I am involved in dental radiography/radiology
Which development outcome(s) does it link to?
What benefit will this have to my work?
Perform tasks that are required for my daily role/duties.
How will I meet this learning or maintenance need?
Take the Verified Learning IRMER optimisation course  
When will I complete the activity?