• Modified Barium Swallow Study

  • Outpatient Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS) is available at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center on Fridays by appointment only.

    With a physician referral, this study is covered by most insurances. The MBSS, also known as video-fluoroscopic swallow study, is a common and accepted procedure for the assessment of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) in patients of all ages.

    MBSS is recommended when a person’s or child’s quality of life has been affected by swallowing difficulties. This could be due to a stroke, head injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), cancer, or any type of neurological condition.

    The radiologic technologist and radiologist assistant roles in the procedure are limited to assisting the Speech Language Pathologist and Radiologist. With the results of the video study, a treatment program can be designed to address the patient’s swallowing needs, which may include outpatient speech therapy and/or outpatient nutrition counseling services.


    • Evaluation of Dysphagia
    • Assessment of abnormal anatomy and functions of swallowing
    • Assists the development of a comprehensive treatment plan
    • Follow-up MBSS can be done to track objective data on a patient’s swallowing
    • Assists in developing a plan for a patient’s nutritional goals
    • Reduces the risk of aspiration pneumonia
    • Improves the quality of life and promotes healthy living

    For more information, call 970-668-6240

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