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Doç. Dr. Spyros Damaskos

Revealing the Hidden Signs of Atherosclerosis In Dental Patients’ Imaging

The interpretation of the dental panoramic radiographs’ (DPR) 2D images is an indispensable diagnostic and treatment planning tool.
The inclusion of the middle and the upper neck within the focal trough of a properly performed DPR have led to the diagnosis of the arterial calcifications' presence at the carotids' area, (usually referred as CACs).
Currently, cone beam computed tomography provides 3D information overcoming the DPR images’ inherent drawback, and permitting the visualization of the whole head including the entire maxillofacial area. Abnormalities (e.g.: incidentally found CACs) outside the specific region of interest may be detected.
The interpretation difficulties caused by the intrinsic bone anatomy of the interpreted area must be overcome, together with the coexistence of other calcified structures depicted in the selected field of view. Such structures are the stylohyoid chain, the triticeous cartilage, the superior cornu of the thyroid cartilage, the calcified lymph nodes, the calcified petroclinoid ligament, and rarities as meningiomas or craniopharyngiomas etc.
This presentation intends to clarify the diagnostic steps to be followed, making the differentiation of the aforementioned calcified structures from CACs clear to the participants.


Dr. Damaskos is currently Assistant Professor at the Oral Diagnosis and Radiology Dept., School of Dentistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Greece, and Research Fellow at the Dept. of Oral Radiology, Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), The Netherlands.
He received his DDS degree from the School of Dentistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and was awarded a Doctorate degree from the School of Dentistry of the NKUA, Greece.
He had his post-doctoral training in Dentomaxillofacial Radiology at the Dept. of Oral Radiology, ACTA, The Netherlands, and also worked as researcher in the same Dept., being assigned as Assistant Professor.
Dr Damaskos is a member of the International Association of Dentomaxillofacial Radiology (IADMFR), and he is also a founding member of the EADMFR.
Dr. Damaskos has authored more than 25 articles in national and international journals, and has built - together with Dr. G.C.H. Sanderink - a CBCT anatomy training website (in English). He has also been a speaker at numerous national and international congresses.