Assessment of post-radiotherapy salivary glands

S. C H Cheng, Wing Cheung Vincent Wu, D. L W Kwong, Tin Cheung Ying

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Abstract

Salivary glands are usually irradiated during radiotherapy for head and neck cancers, which can lead to radiation-induced damage. Radiation-induced xerostomia (oral dryness) is the most common post-radiotherapy complication for head and neck cancer patients and can reduce the patient's quality of life. Accurate and efficient salivary gland assessment methods provide a better understanding of the cause and degree of xerostomia, and may help in patient management. At present, there are different methods for the assessment of salivary gland hypofunction; however, none of them are considered to be standard procedure. This article reviews the value of common methods in the assessment of post-radiotherapy salivary glands.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-402
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Radiology
Volume84
Issue number1001
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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