It is important for clinicians to be aware of alternative instrumental assessments that might provide similar information without involving the risks of radiation. This module will review a number of alternative instrumental procedures that can provide information about swallowing function, including the strengths and limitations of these alternatives, to assist clinicians in making the best choice when recommending additional assessment procedures for a patient with dysphagia. At the end of this module, the clinician learner will be able to:
Professor Catriona M. Steele is a clinician scientist working in the area of swallowing and swallowing disorders. She has a background as a medical speech-language pathologist, and is Director of the Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Laboratory (www.steeleswallowinglab.ca) at KITE, the research arm of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network. Dr. Steele is a Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. Professor Steele holds research funding from the National Institutes of Health (USA) as well as several active industry contracts. She is an associate editor for the Dysphagia journal and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Texture Studies. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (www.iddsi.org).