Salivary Scan

A salivary scan is a specialised examination to assess salivary gland function.  A salivary scan investigates the filling and emptying of the salivary glands to determine whether a blockage or disease is causing reduced salivary function. However, there are numerous reasons why a salivary scan is performed and you will need to talk to your doctor about this.

The Procedure

  • An injection of a radioactive material is given intravenously and images are obtained for 25mins.
  • The patient must lie still under the camera for the duration of the test.
  • A small amount of lemon juice is given to the patient after 20 mins while the camera is taking pictures.
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