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Unit Overview


This is the first-year theory unit in Dento-maxillofacial Radiology for the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry course. Parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfill the requirements of the unit. The areas covered are Radiography and Mathematics (principles of radiography, geometry of radiography, inverse square law, exponential law)

General Physics (laws of physics, units of measurement, electrostatics, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic induction, alternating current flow, AC transformer)

Image Receptors

Image Processing

Dental Radiography, general patient considerations including control of infection

Periapical and Bitewing Radiography

Occlusal and Oblique Occlusal Radiography

6 points
Not available in 2024Oral Health Care Centre of WA (OHCWA)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explain the legislative framework of the dental profession in Australia inclusive of medico-legal and ethical responsibilities of a specialist dentist; (2) explain the characteristics of ionizing radiation; (3) explain the differences between image receptors; (4) understand image processing; (5) explain the different components of X-ray machines; (6) know when to use which intraoral radiographic technique in a diverse patient population, including children and patients with special needs; (7) describe proper hygiene measurements in DMFR; (8) select the correct DMFR imaging modality in a diverse patient population, including children; (9) recognise the normal from the abnormal anatomy in intraoral radiographs and describe pathology or aberrant anatomy; and (10) perform a quality assessment and reject analysis of intraoral radiographs.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written examination; (2) journal clubs; and (3) case presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Johan Aps
Unit rules
Enrolment in
DClinDent (90840)
Contact hours
Total Contact hours: Lectures/Seminars: 130 hours, 6 hours assessment and self directed study 14 hours = 150 hours
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.