Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies
Patients are seen at Diagnostic Imaging (Radiology) at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Making an appointment
Appointments for evaluations require a doctor's order. Fax orders to (615) 343-1841. If you have questions, call (615) 343-1842.
Once the physician's order is received, you will be contacted to schedule your appointment. We will also mail you information about your child's visit and forms that you need to complete before the appointment.
Before your visit
If your child is currently being seen by a speech-language pathologist for feeding difficulties, ask him or her to provide a short description of your child's current feeding/swallowing difficulties, reason for referral and primary concerns prior to the evaluation. Please complete the Evaluation Intake Information Form and bring it to your appointment.
During your visit
Your speech-language pathologist will discuss with you any concerns for your child, pertinent medical history, and the reason why your child was referred for this evaluation.
Once in the Radiology suite, your child's food and/or drink will be combined with barium contrast so that it can be viewed with X-ray. The positioning of your child will depend on his/her age and size. Children are most often seated in a supportive tumbleform or chair.
Parents may be in the room during the exam and often do the feeding. Restrictions apply to children or siblings and to those who are or may be pregnant.
During the exam, your child simply needs to eat and/or drink while a "video X-ray" (videofluoroscopy) is taken so that his/her swallow can be assessed. The actual exam usually lasts only about five to ten minutes.
Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies are performed in the Radiology department located on the first floor of Children's Hospital. Parking is available in the South Garage, which is attached to Children's Hospital via the second floor skybridge.
For directions to the hospital and more parking information, visit the Getting Here section of our website.
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