Cervical Auscultation During a recent Division 13 Steering Committee conference call, the ASHA liaison urged us to make a conscious effort to include the scientists more actively in the special interest divisions. In a serious effort to promote this initiative, I will start a column designed to report on the “state ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 1998
Cervical Auscultation
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  • Editor's Remarks: I hope that this article will encourage individuals and groups working on other emerging approaches, as well as those well established techniques that are changing through the development of new equipment or protocols, to come forward and share with the division their data on the State of Their Science. Our next issue will feature a column by Barbara Sonies of NIH on “The State of the Science of Sonographic Instrumentation for Swallowing Evaluation.”
    Editor's Remarks: I hope that this article will encourage individuals and groups working on other emerging approaches, as well as those well established techniques that are changing through the development of new equipment or protocols, to come forward and share with the division their data on the State of Their Science. Our next issue will feature a column by Barbara Sonies of NIH on “The State of the Science of Sonographic Instrumentation for Swallowing Evaluation.”×
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / State of the Science
Article   |   July 01, 1998
Cervical Auscultation
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), July 1998, Vol. 7, 9-13. doi:10.1044/sasd7.2.9
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), July 1998, Vol. 7, 9-13. doi:10.1044/sasd7.2.9
During a recent Division 13 Steering Committee conference call, the ASHA liaison urged us to make a conscious effort to include the scientists more actively in the special interest divisions. In a serious effort to promote this initiative, I will start a column designed to report on the “state of the science” of various techniques developed for the diagnosis and management of dysphagia. This issue will review a meeting that was held at the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore on March 4 to discuss the state of the science of cervical auscultation (CA).
The Fourth Workshop on Cervical Auscultation involved 23 clinical and research scientists who are independently investigating the technique known as cervical auscultation. The term refers to a clinical diagnostic procedure in which the clinician listens with a stethoscope to the sounds produced by the swallow. The procedure is usually performed at the lateral aspect of the junction of the thyroid and cricoid cartilages, thus at the level of the cervical spine. The term has grown to include recording and analysis of the acoustic spectrum of those sounds.
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