Video Fluoroscopic Swallowing Exam (VFSE)

The video swallowing act is a radiological method to clarify swallowing difficulties and functional disorders of the throat. Swallowing is a very fast (approx. 1.2 sec) and complex process involving 26 muscles that are supplied by 5 cranial nerves. The reason for this complex situation lies in a peculiarity of the human being: air and food paths cross for the purpose of voice generation. Because of the rapid process, a slow motion analysis of the swallowing act is necessary.

Common uses

  • Difficulties swallowing
  • Solid food getting stuck in the esophagus
  • Backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus
  • If you suspect that food has entered the windpipe (aspiration)
  • Foreign body sensation = "dumplings in the throat"
  • Proof or exclusion of a diaphragmatic hernia


How is the examination performed?

You will be asked to sip contrast media under guidance. The swallowing process is observed by the radiologist and recordings are made in different positions.

Make an appointment for an examination

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