Salivary Gland Scan

You have been scheduled for a salivary gland scan, which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and has no side effects.

Preparation for the procedure:
There are no pre-exam instructions. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The imaging may be changed, or special instructions given based upon that information.

What to expect:
Once in the scan room you will be intravenously injected with a radioactive tracer and images will be taken fifteen minutes later. After the injection you will be asked to lie down on a table and a special detector called a gamma camera will be placed near your head. Four images will be taken of your salivary glands at different angles. You may also be given a lemon wedge to suck on to stimulate the salivary glands. Following this the same four images will be taken again. The scan takes approximately one hour.

The images will be reviewed and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.

Your questions and comments:
call (805) 563-5870.

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