Written referral by GP or Consultants
The examining radiographer/radiologist must check the identity of the patient immediately prior to the scan
The scan will enable the radiologist to scan and assess the salivary glands to see the structure and to determine the presence of duct dilatation or stones.
No preparation is needed Change patient into a gown (no longer used).
Clean tidy room with clean linen and couch roll ultrasound gel and gloves.
Patient lying supine on the couch with the head & trunk elevated forwards by about 30 degrees. Patient covered with couch roll, ultrasound gel is placed on patient’s neck. The scan takes about 15-20 minutes. The probe is cleaned and disinfected after the scan and before reuse.
The patient is told the scan is finished and given tissues to clean themselves and then helped down from the table Washing facilities are made available No other special aftercare is needed.
The patient is given the report and pictures and if they want can discuss the result with the Consultant.