Ultrasound is an emerging tool for the assessment of swallowing and treatment of dysphagia. But how can SLTs actually make use of it? And what does it add to our toolbox? To learn more about this new approach, we invited Jodi Allen. She explains what we can do with an ultrasound assessment, where its boundaries are and how we can implement it in our clinical practice.
Helpful literature mentioned or discussed in this episode:
- Allen et al. (2022). An initial framework for use of ultrasound by speech and language therapists in the UK: Scope of practice, education and governance. https://doi.org/10.1177/1742271X221122562
- Kwong et al. (2021). Application of Ultrasound Biofeedback to the Learning of the Mendelsohn Maneuver in Non-dysphagic Adults: A Pilot Study https://doi.org/10.1007/s00455-020-10179-y
- Winiker et al. (2022). Swallowing assessment in patients with dysphagia: Validity and reliability of a pocket‐sized ultrasound system. https://doi.org/10.1111/1460-6984.12703
- Van den Engel-Hoek et al. (2017). Ultrasound of oral and masticatory muscles: Why every neuromuscular swallow team should have an ultrasound machine. https://doi.org/10.1002/ca.22818
Unfortunately, some of the studies are not open access. Please feel free to contact us, if you are interested in reading the study.
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