Detection of Undiagnosed Type II Diabetes on Cone Beam CT Images

Dale A. Miles BA, DDS, MS, FRCD(C)
Diplomate, American Board of Oral Medicine
Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that there were more than 100 million U.S. adults living with diabetes or prediabetes. 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 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. This course reviews some of the key radiographic features of disorders we will find in our images and give you the tools to recognize the radiographic manifestations on multiple imaging modalities. Learn to recognize key radiographic features in your cone beam images of one of the most common and often on detected medical problems - Type II diabetes mellitus.

Objectives: At the completion of this program dentists will understand: