What do we check for on the scan?
The scan requires no specific preparation. Ultrasound is usually the first line method for examining for any one of the 3 pairs of major salivary glands found in the face and neck area.
The scan will evaluate the size, shape and condition of any of the following:
• Parotid gland – found just below the external auditory meatus
• Submandibular gland – found below the angle of the mandible
• Sublingual gland – found below the tongue under the jaw bone
Common problems which can show on the scan are:
• Stones or sialolithiasis