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Dentists have discovered that routine x-rays taken in their surgeries can contribute to the diagnosis of carotid stenosis, a condition that can cause a stroke. The x-rays are commonly used to diagnose bone disease, dental disease, cysts or tumors in the mouth, but also allow visualization of the carotid arteries. Strokes are the third most common cause of death in Americans and contribute to 750,000 cases of illness each year.
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About: Dentists role in diagnosing stroke risk
Date: 15 July 2005
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