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Best Practice In Videofluoroscopy Part 1: Background and Use Cases in Dysphagia Management

presented by Catriona Steele

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Financial: Catriona Steele receives a honorarium from MedBridge for this course. She has no financial interest beyond the production of this course. 

Non-Financial: Catriona Steele has no non-financial interests or relationships with MedBridge.

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Video fluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS) are an important tool for speech language pathologists and other allied health professionals to leverage during assessment and treatment planning for persons experiencing dysphagia. This course, with Dr. Catriona Steele, explores the usage and implementation of video fluoroscopy within the context of dysphagia assessment. The course begins by defining and describing dysphagia, and how video fluoroscopy can be used to identify dysphagia and the mechanisms underlying it. The course concludes with several brief case examples demonstrating how video fluoroscopy is used in the assessment process.

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Catriona Steele, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

Dr. Catriona M. Steele is the Director of the Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Laboratory at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She also teaches in the Graduate Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. Prior to completing her Ph.D., Dr. Steele worked as a medical speech-language pathologist for 10 years. Dr. Steele is known for her…

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1. Dysphagia Background

Swallowing problems may manifest in a variety of patient populations, and stem from an even wider variety of underlying etiologies. As such, the importance of efficient diagnostic tools is critical for treatment and recovery. In this chapter, participants will learn about the signs/symptoms of dysphagia as a pre-requisite to defining the role of videofluoroscopy in the assessment of dysphagia.

2. VFSS Background

This chapter introduces the importance of videofluoroscopy in the context of identifying and treating dysphagia, and reviews the benefits as well as the limitations of videofluoroscopy as a diagnostic tool.

3. Why Do a VFSS in the Context of Dysphagia Assessment?

The last section of the course contextualizes the use of videofluoroscopy for dysphagia assessment and diagnosis. When is it beneficial to use? When is it not? Dr. Steele provides a series of case-based scenarios for participants to understand and determine the optimum situations for when this diagnostic tool should be implemented.

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