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FEES vs. MBSS in Denver, CO


Nelson Mobile FEES in Denver, CO, explains the difference between types of swallow studies such as FEES vs. MBSS. FEES has repeatedly demonstrated a sensitivity equal to or greater than the modified barium swallow study (MBSS) in determining whether a patient is exhibiting penetration, aspiration, delay in swallowing initiation, and pharyngeal residue. Additionally, FEES provides visualizations of pharyngeal secretions that cannot be detected during MBSS. The entire procedure takes less than 20 minutes to complete, and neither radiation nor barium is required. The patient is seated, alert, able to speak throughout the test, and can resume daily activities immediately following the procedure.

MBSS is also known as video-fluoroscopic swallow study. It is performed in the video-fluoroscopy suite in a hospital and involves a radiologist, a radiology technologist, and a speech-language pathologist. The patient must be seated in an upright position and fed barium-coated food while being X-rayed. The MBSS study is time limited to reduce radiation exposure for the patient, and the time limitation doesn't allow for the impact of fatigue on a patient's ability to swallow effectively. Food and liquid consistencies are simulated through the use of liquid barium and barium pastes.

FEES vs. MBSS in Denver, CO