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Videofluoroscopy Interpretation: How to Differentiate Normal and Abnormal Swallowing Function
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Catriona Steele, PhD, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network, Toronto, ON; Emily Barrett, M.H.Sc., S-LP(C), Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network, Toronto, ON; Melanie Peladeau-Pigeon, P. Eng., Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network, Toronto, ON.
Clinicians who perform videofluoroscopic swallowing studies need to be able to identify features of swallowing physiology that are abnormal, and which lead to impaired swallowing safety (penetration-aspiration) and/or impaired swallowing efficiency (residue). In this presentation, we will share new reference information about healthy swallowing physiology based on research conducted in the Steele Swallowing Lab. We will then use interactive case studies to enable clinicians to identify abnormalities during videofluoroscopy rating. We will emphasize issues of standardization in videofluoroscopy protocol, stimuli and analysis that facilitate confident identification of the mechanisms behind swallowing impairment.