Radiography and Radiology for Dental Care Professionals


  • Eric Whaites, MSc BDS(Hons) FDSRCS(Edin) FDSRCS(Eng) FRCR DDRRCR, Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology, Head of the Unit of Dental and Maxillofacial Radiological Imaging, King's College London Dental Institute at Guy's, King's College and St Thomas' Hospitals, London, UK
  • Nicholas Drage, BDS(Hons) FDSRCS(Eng) FDSRCPS(Glas) DDRRCR, Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology, University Dental Hospital, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff, UK

This volume continues to provide a useful reference manual which is ideal for all Dental Care Professionals. Offering a clear, easy-to-follow, comprehensive account of all aspects of dental radiography perfectly tailored to the needs of DCPs, this book is an important resource that renders it essential reading, particularly for those undertaking examinations in dental radiography.
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Dental Care Professionals


Book information

  • Published: July 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-5167-8


Radiography and Radiology for Dental Nurses by Eric Whaites is an excellent resource for Dental Nurses undertaking the post qualification in Dental Radiography and also for other professions complementary to dentistry.

Dental Update, January / February 2006

Great informative book giving all the basics of radiation protection, technique and a helpful section on how to improve image quality with selection of poorly positioned radiographs. I recommend this title for the dental room in X-ray departments and/or dental nurses/students.


"Given the vast range of topics covered, I feel this book is aimed more towards those wishing to undertake a radiology qualification rather than all members of the dental  team, although it may prove a useful tool in explaining the purpose and safety aspects to dental nurses/ students. Overall Radiography and Radiology for Dental Care Professionals  is a fantastic resource and I would highly recommend this book to any DCPs taking a radiology course and to dental students and general dental practitioners alike looking to refresh their knowledge or learn more about dental imaging."

British Dental Journal,  December 2013

Table of Contents


1. The radiographic image


2. The production, properties and interactions of X-rays

3. Dental X-ray equipment, image receptors and image processing

4. Radiation dose, dosimetry and dose limitation

5. The biological effects associated with X-rays, risk and practical radiation protection


6. Dental radiography - general patient considerations including control of infection

7. Periapical radiography

8. Bitewing radiography

9. Occlusal radiography

10. Oblique lateral radiography

11. Cephalometric radiography

12. Tomography and panoramic radiography

13. Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)

14. Radiographic assessment and localization of unerupted maxillary canines

15. The quality of radiographic images and quality assurance


16. Introduction to radiological interpretation

17. Dental caries and the assessment of restorations

18. The periapical tissues

19. The periodontal tissues and periodontal disease

20. Implant assessment

21. Atlas of diseases and abnormalities affecting the jaws

Bibliography and suggested reading