Salivary Gland Scan
Why It Is Done
A salivary gland scan is done to:
- Find the cause of swelling in the major salivary glands. Swelling may be caused by an infection (Reference abscess Opens New Window), Reference inflammation Opens New Window, or a pocket of fluid (Reference cyst Opens New Window).
- See if a growth in the Reference parotid gland Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window is a benign Warthin's tumor or may be cancer.
- Find the cause of dry mouth (xerostomia). Several problems can cause dry mouth, such as a blocked salivary duct, a growth in a salivary gland, or Reference Sjögren's syndrome Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 28, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology