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Modified Barium Swallow

A modified barium swallow study (MBS) is a radiographic study preformed with the Speech-Language Pathologist and Pediatric Radiology staff.

An MBS is ordered to evaluate swallowing issues in children who exhibit coughing or choking during liquid intake, congested breathing while drinking, or potential pulmonary aspiration, a condition in which liquid or solid food contents inadvertently go down the air pipe, instead of the food pipe.

During this study, video and x-ray images are taken as the child drinks and/or eats. The study evaluates swallow safety and determines the best consistencies or methods of presentation for oral intake.