Essentials of Dental Radiography and Radiology
Essentials of Dental Radiography and Radiology,
Edition 5
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 highly popular text presents everything that an undergraduate dental student, postgraduate student or general dental practitioner needs to know in order to safely capture high-quality clinical images and accurately interpret their findings.

In this latest edition, both traditional methods of imaging and new modalities are explored - specifically cone beam CT - and a new author has been brought on board 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 facilitate both examination success and confidence and safety in the clinical situation. Topics address the whole BDS curriculum and range from the physics of imaging and radiation protection to infection control and regional image interpretation.

Perfect for undergraduate students, post-graduate students, specialist trainees and general dental practitioners alike, Essentials of Dental Radiography and Radiology has become the ‘must-have’ volume for all readers who practise or who intend to practise clinical dentistry.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive account of the radiology and radiography topics usually examined at undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • Clear and accessible approach to the subject makes learning especially easy
  • More than 1100 illustrations – many of them updated - present clinical, diagnostic and practical information in an accessible manner
  • Contains recent classifications and advanced imaging modalities including cone beam CT imaging techniques

New Features

  • An online, regularly updated, summary of the current UK ionising radiation legislation and guidance on good practice for all dental practitioners as well as a summary of the latest UK guidance in relation to the use of Cone Beam CT (CBCT) equipment

  • An all new online self assessment questions and answers module. Questions have been specially prepared for each of the 32 Chapters to enable students to assess their own knowledge and understanding as they prepare for examinations. These include a mixture of single best answer and multiple correct answer questions, drag and drop identification of radiological anatomy as well as new examples of various pathological conditions to enable practice of diagnostic skills.

  • Includes a new chapter on cone beam technology and numerous examples of advanced imaging throughout the book
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 interaction of X-rays

3. Dental X-ray generating equipment

4. Image receptors

5. Image processing

6. Radiation dose, dosimetry and dose limitation

7. The biological effects associated with X-rays, risk and practical

radiation protection


8. Dental radiography – general patient considerations including control of infection

9. Periapical radiography

10. Bitewing radiography

11. Occlusal radiography

12. Oblique lateral radiography

13. Skull and maxillofacial radiography

14. Cephalometric radiography

15. Tomography and panoramic radiography

16. Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)

17. The quality of radiographic images and quality assurance

18. Alternative and specialised imaging modalities


19. Introduction to radiological interpretation

20. Dental caries and the assessment of restorations

21. The periapical tissues

22. The periodontal tissues and periodontal disease

23. Implant assessment

24. Developmental abnormalities

25. Radiological differential diagnosis – describing a lesion

26. Differential diagnosis of radiolucent lesions of the jaws

27. Differential diagnosis of lesions of variable radiopacity in the jaws

28. Bone diseases of radiological importance

29. Trauma to the teeth and facial skeleton

30. The temporomandibular joint

31. The maxillary antra

32. The salivary glands

Bibliography and suggested reading

Book Reviews

"The book is detailed and comprehensive covers almost all that a general practitioner, undergraduate and postgraduate could want to know about radiology and radiography... The book is well laid out, with each chapter starting with the basics before moving on to more complex areas. This is helpful as it means the information is accessible to all; you can start from the beginning and work through full chapters, or simply access a particular area you are interested in...There is the additional benefit of an online self-assessment module, available once you purchase the book, which contains multiple choice questions, extended matching questions and 'drag and drop' style questions. This would be very useful for anyone revising for undergraduate or postgraduate examinations... I can see why previous editions of this book have been so popular. It is easy to dip in and out of, so knowledgeon particular topics can be easily refreshed. The clear explanations make a potentially arduous topic to revise interesting read. A must have for undergraduates and GDPs alike!"

British Dental Journal, January 2014

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.

Amazon Review

Book details
ISBN: 9780702045998
Page Count: 478
Illustrations: Approx. 1070 illustrations (20 in full color)
Retail Price: £47.99