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.
- 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.