This specific test goes by different names:
modified barium swallow study (MBSS)
videofluroscopic swallowing study (VFSS)
This test is special type of live X-ray test that helps your SLP/doctor take a close look at the mouth, throat (known as the pharynx), and the tubes extending from the back of the tongue down to the lungs (known as the trachea), and down to the stomach (known as the esophagus).
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. Several different diet textures mixed with barium are given to the patient to swallow during this test to determine the safety of the swallow, areas of weakness or immobility, and recommendations of exercises or strategies for the patient to start doing at home in order to improve their swallowing function. It might be recommended the patient receive outpatient speech services address the swallow disfunction to work on exercises and modifications.
Explanations are provided in each picture of how a MBSS is performed. Speak with your physician if you feel this test would be beneficial for you. As always, contact us if you have any questions.