Stakeholder Perspectives on Radiation Use and Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Adult Modified Barium Swallow Studies

Heather Shaw Bonilha*, Cheri L. Canon, Ashli O’Rourke, Sameer Tipnis, Bonnie Martin-Harris

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Abstract

The Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS) is a videofluoroscopic examination of the anatomy and physiology involved in swallowing. Like other fluoroscopic examinations, the MBSS uses ionizing radiation with related radiation risks. Thus, the procedures and protocols related to MBSSs must balance the benefit of the diagnostic information gained with the risk of radiation exposure. This requires complex decision-making for any given clinician but becomes complicated due to the interprofessional nature of conducting MBSSs, namely the direct involvement of both the speech-language pathologist and radiologist with indirect involvement of the medical physicist and the referring physician. This editorial provides the perspectives of the various stakeholder groups related to radiation use in adult MBSSs, identifies barriers to conducting MBSSs in an evidence-based manner, and suggests areas for improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDysphagia
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Deglutition
  • Dysphagia
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Modified Barium Swallow Study
  • Radiation
  • Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Speech and Hearing

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