Dale Allan Miles
In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that there were more than 100 million U.S. adults living with Type II Diabetes Mellitus (T2D). Dentists have many patients with this disorder visit their practices. In addition to carotid plaques seen on panoramic radiographs, there is now way of detecting these more serious calcifications called MAC (medial arterial calcifications) on CBCT images; that is, if you know where to look and what you’re looking for.
Early detection of disease helps the patient’s primary care physician diagnosis and could, in some cases, save the patient’s life. Early detection will also enhance the quality of the patient’s life and possibly prevent below the knee amputations. Dr. Miles will review some of the key radiographic features of T2D we should look for in our images and give you the tools to enhance their detection.