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Videofluoroscopy Part 1: Indicators for the Exam

presented by Catriona Steele, PhD, CCC-SLP, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO, ASHA Fellow

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Financial: Catriona Steele is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Swallowing and Food Oral Processing. She receives a salary from the University Health Network, Toronto, and research funding from the National Institute on Aging. She receives industry research funding from Benitec Biopharma Ltd. and former industry research funding and current consulting and speaker fees from Nestlé Health Science. She also receives former educational grant and speaker fees from Bracco Canada and speaker fees and royalties from the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and Northern Speech Services. She receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. She has no other relevant financial relationships.

Nonfinancial: Catriona Steele is a member of the board of directors for the Dysphagia Research Society and International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI). She is an associate editor of the Dysphagia journal and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Texture Studies. She has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 37 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 32 Minutes

A videofluoroscopic swallow study (VFSS) is an important tool for speech-language pathologists to leverage during assessment and treatment planning for persons experiencing dysphagia. However, a lack of standardized VFSS practice currently exists, and many clinicians lack knowledge regarding best practice. In this course, we review the rationale for VFSS and the questions that it can answer.

Meet Your Instructor

Catriona Steele, PhD, CCC-SLP, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO, ASHA Fellow

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 PhD, Dr. Steele worked as a medical speech-language pathologist for 10 years. Dr. Steele is known for her…

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1. Dysphagia: Definitions and Prevalence

The word dysphagia means “difficulty swallowing,” but different people have different operational definitions for the clinical condition of dysphagia. We will propose a definition of oropharyngeal dysphagia based on the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and discuss what is known about the prevalence of dysphagia as a feature of different clinical conditions.

2. What Is a Videofluoroscopy, and What Questions Can It Answer?

The videofluoroscopy is a dynamic X-ray procedure that allows direct visualization of bolus flow and swallowing physiology. We will review the questions that can be answered about swallowing function and impairment using videofluoroscopy as well as questions that cannot be answered using this procedure.

3. Developing Your VFSS Questions

We will use a case study format to identify priority questions regarding patient swallowing that can be answered by a VFSS.

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