Modified Barium Swallow (MBS DSS VFSS)

This procedure is done in conjunction with Speech Pathology to evaluate the swallowing mechanism of the throat. The swallowing mechanism can be damaged by stroke or other types of diseases.


  • The exam is performed while the patient drinks barium or chews different types of food with barium and at the same time fluoroscopy (moving x-ray) is utilized.
  • This exam takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes.


  • Nothing to eat or drink six hours prior to exam.
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