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Session V: Video-fluoroscopy Swallow Studies, Better Use and Not Abuse

 Saturday, March 9 ,2019

9:30-11:00 a.m.

  (Each presentation is 20 minutes)


Nadine Connor, PhD, CCC-SLP


Types of Fluoroscopy Studies and Technical Requirements for Best Studies in Adults

Harry Ingleby, PhD, MCCPM

In order to get the best data from the fluoroscopy studies, a thorough understanding of the techniques, technical requirements, and monitoring skills are necessary for best interpretation. These requirements are addressed in this presentation.  

Standardized Testing and Best Interpretation of the MBS

Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Implementation of standardized testing modalities provide best data that can result in best interpretation. How this can be universally applicable will be discussed during this presentation.

After this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Advocate for standardized, valid and reliable approaches to MBSS assessment.
  • Develop clinical competency measures for conducting standardized MBSS assessments. 
  • Discuss profiles of swallowing impairment that include physiologic components of swallowing function. 

Measurement of Swallow Timing and Kinematics From Videofluoroscopy

Catriona Steele, PhD, MHSc, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Swallowing phases result from precise sensory-motor events, and the timing and coordination with respiration can vary in health, disease or across the age-spectrum. An understanding of these time intervals is relevant for developing best practices and will be discussed during this presentation.

After this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Learn new reference values for videofluoroscopy timing measures in healthy swallowing with thin liquids.
  • Understand the impact of liquid consistency on timing measures of swallowing in healthy adults. 

Real Issues with VFSS: When is it Useful? When is it Harmful?

Heather Bonilha, PhD, CCC-SLP

VFSS and fluoroscopy studies are widely available globally. However, radiation safety and standards may vary across the age spectrum. In some situations, repeated studies are conducted. Benefits and risks of these procedures are explained in this presentation.

After this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the radiation-related risks associated with VFSS in adults.
  • Discuss the radiation risks in relation to other sources of ionizing radiation.
  • Identify methods to reduce radiation risk that do not compromise diagnostic accuracy. 


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