OPG and Lateral Cephalometric Radiography (Extra-Oral)


15 hours


Face to face


Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne



Next Intake

To be determined


An OPG is a panoramic or wide view x-ray of the lower face, which displays all the teeth of the upper and lower jaw on a single film. It demonstrates the number, position and growth of all the teeth including those that have not yet surfaced or erupted. The course course covers theory and practical learning activities is delivered by teachers who are subject matter specialists and qualified radiographers.

Course content

  • Introduction into Panoramic imaging
  • Dental Anatomy and Panoramic imaging
  • Image quality
  • Digital vs Analog imaging
  • Image formation
  • Radiation safety
  • Common faults
  • Exposure parameters
  • Patient management
  • Practical sessions using equipment
  • Timetable

    There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

    How to enrol

    More details


    Participants must have a Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography), hold a current Intra Oral radiation licence from the Department of Health and be registered with AHPRA.

    Materials supplied

    Dental laboratory practice equipment, learning materials, handouts and practise examples are provided.

    Materials to bring

    Participants should bring their normal protective clothing and appropriate shoes. Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.

    Suited to

    Dental Assistants, Dental hygienists, Oral health therapists and Dental therapists who hold a Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography), a current Intra Oral Licence and registered with AHPRA.


    By the end of the course, learners should have a sound knowledge of:

    • how to use computerised/digital radiography equipment,

    • how to determine image characterises to minimise re-takes,

    • how to select and prepare dental radiographic imaging equipment appropriate to the procedure,

    • radiographic anatomy, analogy film, processing faults and production of x-rays,

    • biological effects of ionizing radiation

    • radiation protection and the Radiation Safety Act (Victoria) and regulations.

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