New videofluoroscopy service for Portiuncula Hospital

Portiuncula University Hospital (PUH) recently introduced a new videofluoroscopy service for patients in the hospital who need an x-ray assessment of their swallow.

The videofluoroscopy service is led out by the Speech and Language Therapy Department in partnership with the Radiology Department. Videofluoroscopy is an x-ray examination of the swallow, and is considered the ‘gold standard’ for the assessment of swallowing difficulties. It can be used for assessment, diagnosis and management of dysphagia.

Dysphagia is the medical term used to describe swallowing difficulties, which may be a symptom of a range of medical conditions such as stroke, progressive neurological conditions such as Dementia and Parkinson’s disease, respiratory conditions, head and neck cancer, physical and intellectual disabilities, palliative care needs or the normal ageing process.

Speaking about the new videofluoroscopy service, Fiona Brennan (Senior Speech and Language Therapist) said: “On behalf of both myself and the team, we are delighted to be able to offer this service to our in-patients at PUH, as previously, patients had to travel elsewhere for the procedure, which took time and was an inconvenience for patients”.