Family and friends are encouraged to attend therapy with the patient to monitor progress and to provide the speech-language pathologist with information regarding the patient's baseline functions in cognition, speech and swallowing.
A Barium Swallow is used to assess the entire esophagus and is performed by a radiologist. A Barium Swallow is typically used to identify strictures, acid reflux/GERD, and motility disorders.
A Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) is used to assess for swallowing difficulty that involves the mouth and pharynx. A MBS is typically used to assess for aspiration and is performed by a Speech Language Pathologist.