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Technical Components of Videofluoroscopy


This module will cover the technical components of videofluoroscopy. The goal of this module is to empower the learner to better understand how to conduct the most efficient videofluoroscopy exam, to understand the pros and cons of different settings, to read the manuals and check image acquisition rate on the equipment in use, and to have conversations with radiological personnel that will help the clinician make clinical decisions that best serve their patients. At the end of this module, the clinician learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the difference between continuous and pulsed fluoroscopy
  2. Describe the difference between pulse rate and frame rate
  3. Discuss the relative pros and cons of image acquisition rates of 30 and 15 images per second
  4. Describe the ALARA principle and how different image acquisition rates meet or do not meet the intent of this principle
  5. Identify the impact on radiation exposure of geometric or electronic image magnification
  6. List technical components of videofluoroscopy, other than pulse rate, which can be modified in order to reduce radiation exposure to the patient

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