Elie Hayek


Elie Hayek
BDS, DESS

Chief of Clinical Services, Department of Oral Medicine and Oral Radiology, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Lebanese University


Dr. Hayek received his Diploma in Dentistry degree and postgraduate studies in Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry and Oral Radiology from the Lebanese University.

He is currently Chief of Clinical Services at the Department of Oral Medicine and Oral Radiology, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Lebanese University. In addition, he maintains a private practice in Beirut, Lebanon.


Lecture title: A Radiologic Approach to Evaluate Radiopacities Jaw Lesion for Simplified Differential Diagnosis

Lecture abstract:

Conventional and imaging radiography were used to analyze asymptomatic radiopaque lesions in the jaw bone and establish the diagnostic relevance of the lesions based on their relationships to teeth and sites. A systematic approach is necessary for the evaluation of the radiopaque jaw lesions and to provide at least a simple differential diagnosis. The most important step in evaluating a radiopaque jaw lesion, is to classify the lesion according to its characteristics imaging features, its relationship to the teeth, and its aspect. On the basis of lesion attenuation, it can be classified type of a lesion as sclerotic lesion or a lesion with ground glass appearance. Once the type has been determined, it is easy to create a proper differential diagnosis. In addition, the presence of different clinical and radiological features, such as margination, a perilesional halo, bone expansion, and growth pattern decrease the differential diagnosis.

A radiologic approach for simplified differential diagnosis may be made by categorizing the radiopaque lesions relating to its relation to the teeth, imaging features and sites or locations.