Significant Aspiration for VFSS: A Tool to Tailor Treatment Although the first radiographic examination of swallowing function in animals took place in the late 1800s (Cannon & Moser, 1898), dys-phagia is an area of clinical concern that is still in its infancy. With the advent of motion-picture x-ray, or cinefluorography, in the 1950s and 1960s, radiologists, gastroenterologists, and ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 2007
Significant Aspiration for VFSS: A Tool to Tailor Treatment
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  • Gary H. McCullough
    University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR
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Research Article   |   June 01, 2007
Significant Aspiration for VFSS: A Tool to Tailor Treatment
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2007, Vol. 16, 1-10. doi:10.1044/sasd16.2.1-a
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2007, Vol. 16, 1-10. doi:10.1044/sasd16.2.1-a
Although the first radiographic examination of swallowing function in animals took place in the late 1800s (Cannon & Moser, 1898), dys-phagia is an area of clinical concern that is still in its infancy. With the advent of motion-picture x-ray, or cinefluorography, in the 1950s and 1960s, radiologists, gastroenterologists, and otolaryngologists began to look more closely at the physiologic components of the swallow and the causes of swallowing impairment.
Research blossomed in the 1970s; and throughout the 1980s, speech-language pathologists became increasingly involved in the evaluation and management of dys-phagia. Even as late as the early 1990s, the evaluation process for swallowing with videofluoroscopy was described as

Swallowing therapists are often speech pathologists who have had additional training in clinical and videofluoro-scopic examinations of patients with swallowing difficulty. Therapists often attend the radiographic examination and assist in deciding on the types and amounts of testing materials to be used during the study. (Ott & Pikna, 1993, p. 508)

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