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Speech-Language Pathology:
Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) Study

A Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) Study or videofluoroscopic swallow study uses real-time X-rays to assess swallowing. The patient is given a food or liquid that is coated with a contrast material, barium sulfate. The speech-language pathologist and the radiologist observe as this is ingested. The test provides the information on the overall swallowing process, both motor and sensory aspects, as well as the patient’s risk for swallowing fluids or foods into the lungs, which is known as aspiration.

The speech pathologist of the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Virginia Hospital Center have additional training in Performing MBS Studies.

Do You Have Problems Swallowing?

To check how well you can move the muscles of your mouth and how clearly you talk, the speech-language pathologist (SLP) performs the MBS study to see what is happening inside your mouth and throat. Read more

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