Real-time radiographic identification of contrast consistency in modified barium swallow studies: An alternative technique

Rupert K. Hung, Jamie Muhly, Mamie Gao, Gary Gong, Martin Auster

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Abstract

Contrast agents of varying consistency, ranging from thin liquids to solids, are utilized in modified barium swallow (MBS) studies, typically without real-time radiographic labeling. We describe a method for identifying the contrast consistency using radiographic labels during each fluoroscopy sequence. Two cases demonstrating the utility of the radiographic labels in clinical practice are described in detail. Case 1 demonstrates placement of labels prior to each swallowing trial, enabling rapid and accurate identification of the contrast consistency administered. Case 2 demonstrates ambiguities that can occur due to absence of real-time labeling. Our labeling method is an easily implemented and cost-effective technique to promote increased accuracy. Real-time labeling of sequential MBS studies facilitate assessment on sequential studies and for different RIS/PAC systems and will reduce ambiguities and misinterpretations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-88
Number of pages5
JournalPractical Gastroenterology
Volume41
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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