Are Carotid Artery Calcium Deposits on Panoramic Xrays Associated with Coronary Artery Calcifications?

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A retrospective study aimed to assess the association of carotid calcium on panoramic radiographs with coronary artery calcium on chest tomography scans. The authors suggest that dentists should examine panoramic radiographs obtained on their patients for dental treatment planning purposes for these calcifications and refer the patients to their primary care physicians for further evaluation if the calcifications are present.

Do you regularly check your patients’ panoramic radiographs—whether you took them in your practice or they’re older ones the patients are bringing with them—for carotid artery calcifications? If so how frequently do you see these kind of findings and do you refer the patient to their PCPs to follow up?

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