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Find out more about what to expect and why you may need a videofluoroscopy.

Why am I having a Videofluoroscopy?

You have been referred for a videofluoroscopy because you are having difficulties with
chewing and/or swallowing food and/or drinks.

Videofluoroscopy is a moving x-ray. It enables assessment of the structures involved in
swallowing and helps to establish if there any particular consistencies of food or strategies
which may help or should be avoided.

What is Videofluoroscopy?

  • Videofluoroscopy takes place in the X-Ray Department at the hospital and will take
    approximately 20-25 minutes
  • A Speech and Language Therapist, Radiologist and/or Radiographer carry out the
    videofluoroscopy assessment.
  • Food and drink is mixed with a small amount (approx. a 50:50 ratio) of contrast
    medium under x-ray which enables assessment of exactly what is happening when
    you swallow.
  • The videofluoroscopy is recorded on the hospital imaging system to provide in-depth
    analysis as well as training students /other therapists.

What do I have to do?

  • You can eat and drink prior to the assessment. If you have a feeding tube, you can
    continue to use this.
  • Please bring your dentures and any special cups that you usually use
    You will be asked to swallow a small amount of drink and possibly yoghurt, banana,
    cake or biscuit mixed with a contrast medium.
  • Please let us know if you have any food allergies/intolerances as you may need to
    bring in your own food/fluids to trial.

What happens afterwards?

  • You will be advised of any immediate changes you will need to make to the
    consistencies of the food and fluid that you swallow.
  • The Speech and Language Therapist in the clinic will review the images taken and
    report back to the Speech and Language Therapist who referred you. They will then
    discuss the outcome and the potential plan with you.
  • A copy of the report will also be sent to your GP/Consultant.