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Introductiondental reception

The X-ray department in the Dental Hospital receives the majority of its referrals from the outpatient clinics within the hospital. These are from a range of dental specialties and cover a variety of clinical conditions. Whilst most patients are referred to the hospital via the General Dental Practioner (GDP) route, we also image patients referred to the department by other hospital trusts and from the Emergency Dental Treatment clinic situated within the Dental Hospital. A limited private Cone Beam CT service is available to GDPs.

We image approximatley 18,000 patients carrying out 22,000 examinations in total. The department has six digital X-Ray machines that perform a variety of specialist X-Ray examination.

The department supports a large amount of student activity from the School of Dentistry at The University of Manchester. These are from both under and post graduate courses. The department also supports radiography students from the University of Salford. Both the BDS and BSc Dental courses require placement sessions with the department to be completed as part of the course competencies.

Procedures done in the Department

Intra oral examinations

  • Intra oral periapicals.
  • Bitewings
  • Occlusal views

Extra Oral examinations

  • Orthopantomograms
  • Cephalometric images for Orthodontics
  • Lateral Oblique jaws


Orthopantomogram machine


Cone Beam CT scans to include a variety of selected fields of view and selected areas of examination.


cone beam

Cone Beam CT machine


Referral Information

The majority of patients who attend the X-Ray department are referred from a Dental Hospital Clinic. The Dental Emergency Clinic accepts a limited number of patients each morning for treatment and these patients attend the x-ray department as part of the attendance.

CBCT scans are by appointment only, whilst all other patients are imaged as they attend the department from clinic.

Relatives and Escorts

If required, we encourage a relative or escort to attend with the patient when they are being imaged in the department. This is usually to assist in the identification process before the examination takes place or to assist a young child. The escort is only in the examination room if they are required to assist in obtaining adequate images of the patient and must follow local procedures at all times as advised by the radiographer performing the examination. Occasionally an interpreter is required however they do not remain in the examination room during X-ray exposures. If there are several relatives accompanying a patient they are requested to wait in the nearby waiting area.

Any Tests/Preparations Needed

No dietary preparations required for any dental X-ray examinations.


The X-ray department is located on the ground floor of the Dental Hospital next to Main Reception. The Dental Hospital is situated on The University of Manchester campus close to the Manchester Museum on Oxford Road.

If you are using 'Sat nav' directions use the post code ~BM15 6PB~b to bring you to the multi storey car park situated next to the Dental Hospital. The entrance to the car park is on Booth Street West, in front of the Manchester Business School - there is a charge for using this car park.


Professor Keith Horner

Dr Jonathan Davies


Opening Hours

The department is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Contact Details

The X-Ray Department, Ground Floor, The University Dental Hospital of Manchester, Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester, M15 6FH

0161 275 6692


Lead Radiographer :- Angela Carson

The department is run by a team of Honorary Consultants in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology, Consultants, Radiographers and reception staff

Additional Information

The Dental X-ray Department images are produced digitally and are securely stored on the Central Manchester Foundation Trust Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). These images can also be accessed by other Trusts  as required on request to the PACS team.

The Dental Radiologists regularly perform more specialised/invasive procedures, such as sialograms, ultrasound scans or examination of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) in the radiology department in Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) on a Monday morning. Appointments and examination information is sent out by the radiology department in MRI.