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A salivagram is a nuclear medicine test that shows the flow of saliva from the mouth through the esophagus and stomach.
How Boston Children’s Hospital approaches salivagrams
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A salivagram is a diagnostic nuclear medicine test that shows the flow of saliva from the mouth through the esophagus and stomach.
During the salivagram, a tiny drop of a radiopharmaceutical called Technetium-909m Sulfur Colloid will be placed on your child’s tongue and allowed to mix with saliva. A special camera, called a gamma camera, will take pictures of the radiopharmaceutical/saliva mixture as your child swallows and it moves through the esophagus and stomach. If any saliva is going into the lungs, it will show up on the pictures.
A salivagram can help assess if any saliva is going into your child’s lungs.
There is no special preparation for this test.
When you arrive, please go to the Nuclear Medicine check-in desk on the second floor of the main hospital. A clinical intake coordinator will check in your child and verify her registration information.
Although the camera may appear large and intimidating, it does not touch your child.
We are committed to ensuring that your child receives the smallest radiation dose needed to obtain the desired result.
Once the scan is complete, the images will be evaluated for quality. If the scan is adequate, your child will be free to leave and resume normal activity.
One of the Children's nuclear medicine physicians will review your child’s images and create a report of the findings and diagnosis.
The nuclear medicine physician will provide a report to the doctor who ordered your child’s salivagram. Your child’s doctor will then discuss the results with you.
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