An Orapharangeal Swallow Study is an examination of the oral cavity and the swallowing mechanism of in the esophagus. This exam is sometimes performed after stroke, brain injury, or surgery. The examination can be videotaped for referral by speech therapy.
How do I prepare for the exam?
No preparation is needed for this exam.
What can I expect during the exam?
This exam is conducted by a radiologic technologist, speech therapist and a radiologist.
You will be seated next to the x-ray table. A speech therapist will give you a variety of solid and liquid material to chew and swallow, to evaluate for foods that stick or that easily aspirate (go into the trachea instead of esophagus).
The exam takes 30 to 45 minutes.
What can I expect after the exam?
Unless your physician tells you otherwise, you may resume your normal activities after your exam.