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Swallowing Disorders 110

Instrumental Swallowing Examinations: Videofluoroscopy and Endoscopy


  • Explain why it is important to “image” the swallowing mechanism and evaluate swallow function with an instrumental study
  • List 5 basic guidelines to help determine whether any instrumental swallowing examination is indicated
  • Describe the basic components and potential modifications of a fluoroscopic swallowing examination and an endoscopic swallowing examination
  • Describe and differentiate strengths and weaknesses of the fluoroscopic swallowing examination and the endoscopic swallowing examination
  • Compare the endoscopic examination with the fluoroscopic examination

Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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