Radiography and Radiology for Dental Care Professionals
Radiography and Radiology for Dental Care Professionals,
Edition 3
By Eric Whaites, MSc BDS(Hons) FDSRCS(Edin) FDSRCS(Eng) FRCR DDRRCR and Nicholas Drage, BDS(Hons) FDSRCS(Eng) FDSRCPS(Glas) DDRRCR

Publication Date: 24 June 2013

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This is a new edition of a popular text that presents all of the information that a Dental Care Practitioner needs to know in order to safely capture high-quality clinical images.

In this latest edition, both traditional methods of imaging and new modalities are included, such as cone beam CT, and the author team has been expanded to bring a fresh approach to the subject area.

Written in an accessible manner which avoids unnecessary detail, each page spread has been carefully designed to ensure clarity of understanding by the reader to ensure both exam success and confidence and safety in the clinical situation. Topics address the whole curriculum and range from the basic physics of imaging to radiation protection and safety legislation.

Suitable for all Dental Care Professionals, this book has become essential reading for all readers who intend to undertake clinical imaging.

Key Features

  • Clear and accessible approach to the subject makes learning especially easy
  • More than 600 tables and illustrations present clinical, diagnostic and practical information in an easy-to-access manner
  • Led by the best known UK textbook author in the subject area who has been heavily involved in the British Dental Association's highly successful on-line course in dental radiography
  • Contains what the Dental Care Professional needs to know and no more, i.e. basic principles of background science, practical details of radiography and an elementary account of radiological interpretation

New Features

    • An all new online self assessment questions and answers module
    • Includes a new chapter on cone beam technology
    • Fully updated throughout with many new tables and images
About the author
By 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 and 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
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

Book Reviews

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

Book details
ISBN: 9780702045981
Page Count: 294
Illustrations: Approx. 667 illustrations (17 in full color)
Retail Price: €26.99