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