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
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.
- Occlusal views
Extra Oral examinations
- Cephalometric images for Orthodontics
- Lateral Oblique jaws
Cone Beam CT scans to include a variety of selected fields of
view and selected areas of examination.
Cone Beam CT machine
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
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
The department is open Monday to Friday from 9am to
The X-Ray Department, Ground Floor, The University Dental
Hospital of Manchester, Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester, M15
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
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.