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Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study

A videofluoroscopic swallow study, also known as a modified barium swallow study, is a radiographic test for the assessment of oropharyngeal swallow function. In this study, swallowing is viewed as it happens (i.e., continuous video of an individual’s swallow is viewed in real time). Speech–language pathologists need to know about this test because they work with individuals with swallowing disorders in many different clinical settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, schools, and early intervention. It is important that clinicians understand what videofluoroscopy is, when it should be used, what information it can provide, and possible issues with its use.

Phases of Swallowing

To understand the videofluoroscopic swallow study, it is first necessary to understand the phases of swallowing. The oral phase of swallowing involves the intake of ...

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