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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 509-512

Sialography - Revisited

Department of Oral Medicine & Maxillofacial Radiology, D.J. College of Dental Sciences & Research, Niwari Road, Modinagar, Uttar-Pradesh, India.- 201204

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First performed in 1902, sialography is a radiographic technique wherein a radiopaque contrast agent is infused into the ductal system of a salivary gland before imaging providing a straight forward demonstration of ductal system. Sialography is also indicated for the evaluation of the chronic inflammatory diseases and ductal pathosis. As the incidence of obstructive salivary glad diseases is quite high, sialography provides a cost effective, relatively cheap and safe diagnostic solution that can be routinely employed as a screening procedure. This holds particularly true in areas with hard drinking water. This calls for the inclusion of a questionnaire related to obstructive salivary gland disorders in community screening camps. An attempt is being made through this article to give an overview of the technique for better understanding by the community dental specialist who plays a key role in public health services and awareness.

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