This module will specifically explore the question of radiation exposure and the risks involved with videofluoroscopic swallowing studies. The main focus will be on patient risk, but considerations around clinician radiation exposure will also be addressed. Risk associated with contrast media, patient allergies, dosage guidelines and contraindications, and food preparation safety are covered in another module. At the end of this module, clinicians will be able to:
Melanie is a speech language pathologist and a proud former member of Professor 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. Melanie currently 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.