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Indicators and Protocols for Videofluoroscopy


This module will review the purpose of a videofluoroscopy as well as limitations of the procedure. It will also discuss several different protocols that have been described for performing the procedure. At the end of this module, the clinician learner will be able to:

  1. List the main reasons for performing a videofluoroscopy
  2. Understand the benefits of using a standard videofluoroscopy
  3. Identify reasons for beginning a videofluoroscopy with thin liquid
  4. Identify the rationale for continuing a videofluoroscopy after evidence of aspiration
  5. Describe the difference between standard diagnostic and therapeutic tasks in a videofluoroscopy
  6. Understand the limitations associated with single tasks versus task repetitions in a videofluoroscopy

About Instructor

Melanie is a speech language pathologist and a proud member of Dr Catriona Steele’s Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Lab team at the KITE Research Institute of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Melanie is also professional singer and she holds degrees in jazz voice, vocal music and drama education, and speech language pathology. In addition to her work in the Steele Swallowing Lab, Melanie she runs a private practice focused on voice therapy and assessment in Toronto and she is very active as a volunteer on committees and boards for several professional associations. Melanie is invested in staying on top of current trends in both research and therapeutic interventions in her areas of practice. She holds an Adjunct Lecturer position in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and is often called upon to present to colleagues around the globe.

Melanie Tapson

BFA BEd MSc SLP (C) CCC-SLP Reg CASLPO
Speech-Language Pathologist