Modified Barium Swallow Study

Modified Barium Swallow Study - Voice and Swallowing Doctor - Sunil Verma MD

A Modified Barium Swallow Study is performed by a radiologist and speech pathologist to evaluate all steps of swallowing from the chewing of food to the eventual passage from the throat into the stomach. It provides important information regarding what a person is capable of swallowing, if swallowing is safe, and also helps determine what maneuvers and excises can be performed to improve swallowing.

The study itself takes about a half hour to complete.  The patient swallows food and liquids of different consistencies while x rays are being taken.  The x-ray helps to determine if aspiration occurs, and if there are any obstructions to swallowing.  It is an important tool that is often used prior to starting swallow therapy.

Dr-Verma - Voice and Swallowing Doctor - Sunil Verma MD is an online resource for patients and physicians to learn more about common voice, swallowing, breathing and throat disorders. Throat complaints, from cough to cancer, are a common reason for patients to seek medical treatment. This website developed as a result of Dr. Sunil Verma's passions: that of education, patient care, and interest in technology.

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