Common Terms


Endoscopy is a procedure that is completed using a scope with a specialized camera and still light to evaluate the nasal passage, throat and voice box. A magnified view is obtained to assess structure and function of the specified areas. 


Vidoestroboscopy a specialized endoscopic procedure using a stroboscopic light source with a camera to obtain magnified view of the vocal folds during vibration. The stroboscopic light allows one to see the vocal folds vibrating in apparent slow motion and evaluate specific parameters to aid in identifying a diagnosis

Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)

A flexible endoscope with a camera is passed through the nose to the back of the throat after which an individual is then taken through various speaking and swallowing tasks to comprehensively evaluate swallowing independently or as a compliment to VFSS.

Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies (VFSS)

A dynamic video x-ray procedure involving eating and drinking different textures and consistencies of barium – a digestible radiopaque contrast. This is completed to comprehensively evaluate swallowing either independently or as a compliment to FEES.