Videofluroscopic Swallowing Study Examination: An Overview of Fluoroscopic Imaging and a Perspective on Radiation Exposure Swallowing impairment is common, particularly with the aging patient population. The videofluroscopic swallowing study (VFSS) examination is an effective means of evaluating patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia. VFSS performance best practice includes a collaborative, interdisciplinary team consisting of a speech-language pathologist and an engaged radiologist. Although a relatively low radiation exposure ... Article
Article  |   March 15, 2018
Videofluroscopic Swallowing Study Examination: An Overview of Fluoroscopic Imaging and a Perspective on Radiation Exposure
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jessica G. Zarzour
    Department of Radiology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
  • Loretta M. Johnson
    Department of Radiology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
  • Cheri L. Canon
    Department of Radiology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
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  • Financial: Jessica G. Zarzour has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Loretta M. Johnson has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Cheri L. Canon has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Jessica G. Zarzour has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Loretta M. Johnson has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Cheri L. Canon has no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Jessica G. Zarzour has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Loretta M. Johnson has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Cheri L. Canon has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Jessica G. Zarzour has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Loretta M. Johnson has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Cheri L. Canon has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Part 1
Article   |   March 15, 2018
Videofluroscopic Swallowing Study Examination: An Overview of Fluoroscopic Imaging and a Perspective on Radiation Exposure
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2018, Vol. 3, 5-12. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG13.5
History: Received July 20, 2017 , Revised September 28, 2017 , Accepted January 2, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2018, Vol. 3, 5-12. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG13.5
History: Received July 20, 2017; Revised September 28, 2017; Accepted January 2, 2018

Swallowing impairment is common, particularly with the aging patient population. The videofluroscopic swallowing study (VFSS) examination is an effective means of evaluating patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia. VFSS performance best practice includes a collaborative, interdisciplinary team consisting of a speech-language pathologist and an engaged radiologist. Although a relatively low radiation exposure study, the radiologist and speech-language pathologist can employ measures to further reduce the dose to the patient and to themselves. This article will review these strategies.

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