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Cancer of the Salivary Glands Diagnosis

A doctor examines a man’s throat to diagnose salivary glands cancer A physical examination of the throat is one of the procedures that may be used to diagnose salivary glands cancer.

How is Salivary Glands Cancer Diagnosed?

If there are symptoms, a doctor will examine the throat and neck using a mirror and lights. The doctor may order a special x-ray called a computed tomographic or CT scan, which uses a computer to make a picture of the inside of parts of the body. Another type of scan, called a magnetic resonance imaging or MRI scan, uses magnetic waves to make a picture of the head may also be ordered. If tissue that is not normal is found, the doctor will need to cut out a small piece and look at it under the microscope to see if there are any cancer cells. This is called a biopsy.

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