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A modified barium swallow test checks the ability to swallow. It is a “live” x-ray that shows food and liquid as it is being swallowed. The images can be viewed on a computer screen during the test.
This test can show if there is anything that can be done to make swallowing easier or safer.
The test takes usually takes 20-30 minutes.
A speech-language pathologist or feeding specialist will perform the test. A radiologist will be there, too. They will oversee the use of the x-ray machine.
Every center has different instructions, but these general tips can help. Be sure to follow the directions your child’s testing center gives you.
Every center is different, but here’s what you can expect in general during the test.
The speech-language pathologist usually shares results and recommendations after the test.
Sometimes the speech-language pathologist will consult with your child’s care team before talking with you.
Reviewed: October 2021