Fluoroswallow (previously Videofluoroscopy)
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: fluoroswallow, videofluoroscopic (VFS) swallowing study, videofluoroscopy or VFS, modified barium swallow, or MBS
The fluoroswallow 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.
Information for GPs - How to make a referral for Fluoroswallow
Community referrals for Fluoroswallow (was Videofluoroscopy)
- A GP (or consultant) requiring a fluoroswallow evaluation (FS) will need to refer to Community Speech and Language Therapy Services for a clinical assessment of swallowing.
- After assessing the patient, the Community SLT will discuss the rationale for FS with a senior SLT at Derriford (01752 432202); and if suitable complete an SLT FS referral form.
- The SLT referral form can be emailed to: plh-tr.VFSReferralsSLT@nhs.net
- After the SLT have assessed, the GP will be asked to request the fluoroswallow electronically via ICE, naming the treating SLT and giving clear clinical reasons for the FS.
- The Derriford FS team will email this information to X-Ray West Bookings Team contactable on firstname.lastname@example.org
- X-Ray will liaise with both the patient and the referring SLT.
- An appointment will then be sent to patient by X Ray West.
- A detailed report will be returned to the GP / referrer.
Fluoroswallow referral form for Community Speech and Language Therapists