Article: Volume 47 Number 9 Page 755 - October 2020

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Radiology:  Update on Ionizing Radiation Regulations 2017 (IRR 2017) and Ionizing Radiation Medical Exposure Regulations 2018 (IRMER 2018) − Relevance to the Dental Team

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Abstract: The introduction of the new European Basic Safety Standards Directive in 2013 outlined clear responsibilities and requirements for all professionals involved in radiodiagnostic and radiotherapeutic procedures. Its guidance has since been transcended and incorporated into the revised IRR 2017 and IRMER 2018 national guidelines. The revisions to the guidelines have implications for all health professionals involved in undertaking radiation exposures, including dentists, doctors, medical physics staff and radiographers.

Clinical relevance: Dentists need to appreciate the revisions in IRMER 2018 and IRR 2017 guidance and incorporate these changes into clinical practice to ensure good practice.

Author notes: Kuljit K Grewal, BDS, MFDS(Glas), GDP, HHS Dental Practice, Hounslow, (email: and Neil Heath, DCR(R), BDS, MSc(Newc) MFDS(Edin), FDS RCPS(Glas), DDR RCR, Consultant at Newcastle Dental Hospital, Richardson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4AZ, UK.

Objective: To understand the new revisions to IRR and IRMER guidance and appreciate its implications to dental practice.