By: Nancy B. Swigert, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
Vesna Martich Kriss, MD
Pediatric Radiologist, Baptist Health Lexington
It has been recommended that your child undergo a video fluoroscopic swallowing evaluation, often called a modified barium swallow, to assess the pharyngeal phase of the swallow. This radiologic procedure exposes your child to x-rays which raises safety questions about the study. Here are some things parents should know about radiation safety and the video fluoroscopic swallowing exam (VFSS).