In this section:
- Legislation and Compliance
- Radiation Protection File
- Written Procedures and Protocols
- Formal Appointments and Entitlement of Personnel
- X-Ray Equipment
- Controlling Exposure and Dose
- Incidents and Accidents
- Local Rules
- Quality Assurance
Radiography is used for diagnosis and treatment planning in the dental practice. Although dental radiography delivers a very small radiation dose, risk does exist, and dental teams have a duty of care and a legal obligation to protect the public, their staff and their patients from potential harm associated with exposure to radiation. This section provides brief guidance to facilitate the safe use of ionising radiation by dental teams in accordance with legal requirements. It is not a substitute for appropriate training on the theory and practice of using ionising radiation in dental practice (see Training).
This topic makes reference to the second edition of the ‘Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners on the Safe Use of X-Ray Equipment’ co-published by Public Health England and the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP[UK]) in 2020 . These guidance notes provide a more detailed reference for the use of x-ray equipment in dental practice and are recommended by the UK Chief Dental Officers.
Sources of Information
 Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners on the Safe Use of X-Ray Equipment(2nd edition) (2020) Faculty of General Dental Practice