ARTICLES ON HEALTH
New Radiology & Speech Therapy Service Modified Barium Swallows Test
With John Wells, PTA -Director of Rehabilitation
Stone County Hospital’s radiology and therapy departments now have a new tool to assess and help patients who are having difficulty swallowing or other condition impacting your ability to eat and drink.
A modified barium swallow study, or MBS, is a special test where images are taken using ionizing radiation to check swallowing functions. During the test, you will be asked to swallow small amounts of food and liquid mixed with barium. Barium is a metallic compound that allows images of your mouth and throat to be clearly seen. The imaging tracks the movement through your digestive system.
This test helps identify whether food or liquid is entering your lungs, a condition known as aspiration. This test can determine the extent of the aspiration and lead your doctors to determine what is the safest diet for you.
You should consider having a Modified Barium Swallow test if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Have the feeling of food “stuck” in your throat while eating
- Have problems with food/liquid moving through the esophagus to the stomach
- Have issues with acid reflux
- Have problems keeping food or liquid in the mouth or moving it around the mouth
To learn more about this new test and if you or a family member are a candidate for it, please call 601.928.6600.