What is an MBSS?
A Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS) is an objective radiological diagnostic tool that assesses swallow function. An MBSS can diagnose oropharyngeal dysphagia and presence of aspiration, determine an appropriate diet and liquid consistencies, swallow precautions/strategies, and proper treatment techniques to reduce aspiration risk.
An MBSS, considered the Gold Standard in evaluating oropharyngeal dysphagia, evaluates all phases (oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal) of the swallow using various consistencies (liquids, puree, solids) in real-time. Identification of aspiration and elimination of the risk of aspiration pneumonia is cost-effective in that overall medical costs are reduced.
There is a reason the MBSS is the preferred choice of study among clinicians and patients. Unlike other methods, the MBSS is convenient, non-invasive and it evaluates all three phases of the swallowing function (oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal). But DiagnosTEX goes above and beyond with the quality of the evaluations, detailed reports, and digital imaging we provide on-site.
A dysphagia evaluation not only benefits patients’ quality of life, but an MBSS is a cost saving for healthcare providers by preventing the need for treatment for pneumonia, and other problems, as well as re-admittance costs for the hospital. DiagnosTEX can help identify the problem and assist in helping determine the best medical treatment options for the dysphagia.