Dental Radiography

A qualified Dental Nurse who is awarded the NEBDN certificate in Dental Radiography, will be able to act under prescription as an IR(ME)R operator, in order to safely take intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs of patients. The additional skills acquired, together with the knowledge gained, will enhance your CV and bring benefits to your employer and to patients.

Who is it for?

Registered Dental Nurses who would like to be more involved with patient care and would like to support their dentists in the diagnosis and treatment planning by providing good diagnostic radiographs.

Record of Competence

You will be required to complete a work-based Record of Competence (RoC). There are three sections to the RoC

  • Practical Competence Assessment Sheets (PCAS)
  • Case studies
  • Supplementary outcomes


This is a 90-minute written examination composed of two sections:

  • Part A – 45 multiple choice questions (MCQ)
  • Part B – 30 extended matching questions (EMQ)

Examinations are held twice a year in March and September.

Award of qualification

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must:

  • Complete and satisfy the requirements of the RoC
  • Pass the examination

Find a Centre

Dental Radiography – Syllabus V1.2 July 2022


Reading List

Radiography Reading List

Post-registration qualification in Dental Radiography: Reading List

Essential reading
• Whaites E, Drage N. Dental Radiography and Radiology for Dental Care Professionals. 4th edition 2021.  Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.  ISBN 978-0702076831

Complementary reading
• Iannucci Joen M, Howerton Laura Jansen. Dental Radiography. Principles and Techniques. 5th Edition 2017. Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-323-29742-4

Background reading
• FGDP guidelines. Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography Oct 2013ISBN 13: 095434593 Publisher: FGDP (UK) Publication Date: 2013
Available online: FGDP-SCDR-ALL-Web.pdf (

• GDC Documents:
• Standards
• Scope of Practice
• Continuing Professional Development
• Fitness to Practice