Journal of Medical and Dental Practice

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Issue Two 2014

2014, Vol. 1, issue 2, (December)

Publisher: MedInform LTD
ISSN: 2367-6795
Pages: 52-79
Date of close: 2014/12/17

Short Communication

Radiation Protection Training for Dental Students – Experience in Bulgaria


This paper presents the experience in providing training on radiation physics and radiation protection for students in the Faculty of Dental Medicine of the Medical University in Sofia. A 15-hours module on Radiation Physics and Radiation Protection was integrated into the course on Medical Imaging, with the final aim to increase the understanding of dental students in how to obtain good diagnostic images at minimum exposure to patient and medical staff. The students’ knowledge is assessed using a test of 20 multiple-choice questions, and 70% correct answers are required for the student to be allowed to continue with the next medical imaging modules. The five years’ experience demonstrated that when well designed and integrated into the basic curriculum on medical imaging, the radiation protection training creates interest in the subject and increases the awareness of dental students. The introduction of a similar course in all dental schools is highly recommended.


Jenia Vassileva; 1. National Centre of Radiobiology and Radiation Protection, Sofia, Bulgaria;
Hristina Mihaylova; 2. Department of Oral and Imaging diagnostic, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University – Sofia, Bulgaria;

Corresponding Author:

Jenia Vassileva; Email this author