A modified barium swallow (MBS) is a special x-ray that records a video of your mouth, throat and how you swallow. It allows the doctor, called a radiologist, and the swallowing specialist, called the speech language pathologist (SLP), to identify why you have trouble swallowing. The SLP is a professional who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of swallowing disorders and communication problems
How an MBS Study Works
Barium, which is not absorbed in the body and passes through the system harmlessly, is mixed with foods and liquids at varying consistencies. The MBS shows how food and liquids pass through the mouth and throat. If food or liquids enter the trachea (goes down the wrong pipe), penetration or aspiration may occur. Patients who aspirate can get very sick if food or liquids enter the airway and eventually the lungs. A disorder of swallowing is known as dysphagia.
Study results are available for your doctor to review online or can be sent to your doctor via a CD at the end of your study.
Hours of Studies
Studies are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.