The speech language pathologist can address swallowing difficulties (dysphagia). State-of-the-art evaluation procedures are available for accurate diagnosis and determining if aspiration (food/liquid entering the airway) is occurring. These, along with some treatments, include, but are not limited to:

VFSS (Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study)

Also known as modified barium swallow, this study occurs in collaboration with a radiologist to assess swallow function. Through X-ray video imaging, it allows your speech therapist to see if food goes into your airway (aspiration) instead of your stomach. This study helps determine if your mouth and throat may not work well, what kinds of foods are safest for you to swallow, and if certain positions or strategies will improve the safety of your swallow.

FEES (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing)

This procedure uses a flexible scope with camera passed through the nose to evaluate structures, muscle movement, and coordination, involved in safe swallowing.

Electrical Stimulation

This approach is painless non-invasive therapy for treating dysphagia. The goal is to increase muscle strength and enable brain reorganization.

Schedule your evaluation

If you have been recommended for an outpatient swallow study at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, please call the office at 703-664-7190 to schedule your evaluation.