Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study

Videofluoroscopic swallowing study systems record an X-ray of the individual's entire swallowing process in a continuous motion picture format. This treatment is available for patients with known or suspected swallowing disorders.

How do videofluoroscopic swallowing study systems work?

  • The systems record an X-ray image of the patient's swallowing of food and liquid with barium. The image assists clinicians with diagnosing a swallowing disorder and choosing the treatment plan that meets the individual's specific needs.
  • The imaging provides real-time, visual biofeedback to highlight areas for improvement in swallowing function.

What are the advantages of using videofluoroscopic swallowing study systems?

  • Videofluoroscopic swallowing study systems use a low-radiation dose and allow clinicians to directly monitor for radiation exposure during each exam.
  • The split-screen systems provide improved clinical information by allowing comparison of live and still images. Clinicians can then download these images to a portable flash drive to view exam highlights conveniently from any computer.

All outpatient therapy and procedures require a physician referral. For more information, please call 630.909.7150.