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 A sialogram is a test which takes an X-ray picture of the salivary ducts and the related glandular structures. Sialography may be performed when a disorder of the salivary ducts and/or glands is suspected.

Preparation/instructions

 When you were referred by your physician for a radiological exam, you may have been told about certain instructions to be done prior to the exam, or when you were scheduling your appointment, the scheduler should have informed you about the preparations that should be done prior to your exam. If you did not or if you want a recheck, you can refer to the information listed below.

Keep in mind that you may have been given some additional or different instructions, based on your own particular circumstances. If you have any questions, please call our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.


Instructions

There is no preparation necessary for this examination.

Medications can be taken prior to the exam.

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The procedure

  The procedure usually takes approximately 45 minutes. Test time may vary due to specific physician requests.

    After you are in the examination room, you will be asked to change into a gown and provide us with a brief history.

    You will then be placed on the x-ray table and an X-ray of your skull will be taken. You will open your mouth and a spot light will be directed towards your mouth, so that the radiologist can identify your salivary duct. A contrast material is injected into the salivary duct by means of a thin flexible catheter, to highlight the coarse and caliber of the ducts. Mild swelling of the examined salivary gland may be encountered with a little pain during the injection. Be sure to tell the radiologist if any pain occurs.

    Multiple radiographic images will then be taken. You will then be asked to suck a lemon that will be provided to you (or you will bring it with you), to help evacuate the contrast material from your gland. And then another X-ray will be taken to complete the examination.

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After Care   

After the test, you may resume all normal activities. Your physician will discuss the results of your ultrasound examination with you.

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Please call our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.

 

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