Sometimes more information about swallowing problems is needed and patients may be referred for an X Ray swallowing test which is done in the radiology, or x-ray, department.
Different names for this test are:
- videofluoroscopic (VFS) swallowing study, videofluoroscopy or VFS
- modified barium swallow, or MBS
The videofluoroscopic lets us see:
- if food is going into your airway instead of your stomach, called aspiration
- which parts of your mouth and throat may not be working well
- what kinds of food are safest for you to swallow
- if certain positions or strategies help you swallow better
You should not have this test done if you think you may be pregnant because it is not safe to have x-rays while pregnant.