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.
A separate Children's X-Ray room has been funded by charitable
funds and is installed in the Children's department on the second
floor of the Dental Hospital.
The department approximatley images 20,000 patients each year
carrying out in excess of 25,000 examinations in total. The
department has six digital X-Ray machines that perform a variety of
specialist Dental X-Ray examinations.
The department supports a large amount of student activity from
the Dental School 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 (images taken with an X-Ray detector in
- Intra oral periapicals.
- Occlusal views
Extra Oral examinations (Images taken with the X-Ray detector
outside your mouth)
- Cephalometric images for Orthodontics
- Lateral Oblique jaw
Cone Beam CT (CBCT)
Cone Beam CT machine
Children's Dental X-Ray Equipment
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.
Cone Beam CT 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 are 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
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.
The department is open Monday to Friday from 9.00 am 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 staffed by a team of Honorary Consultants in
Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology, Consultants, Radiographers and
administration support staff.
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, if they are required for any
treatment to be carried out at another hospital, 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.
The department adheres to the Trust's infection control
standards and balances these along with their own radiation
protection rules. Please ensure that radiology staff members are
made fully aware of a patient's infection control status prior to
them attending the department.
Photography of images from screens in the examination rooms is
not allowed. As with patient notes, should anyone wish to obtain a
copy of any images then this should be formally requested via the
Trust's legal department.
It is recommended that patients leave any valuables or jewellery
at home or on the ward as they may need to be removed for the