Swallowing (Video cinematography)
- Prior appointment: required
- Preparation: none
- Duration of the investigation: about 10 minutes
- Contrast medium: required (barium)
Video cinematography is a fluoroscopy-guided investigation during which the patient swallows contrast medium and this process is followed through from the mouth to the stomach. This investigation is used when a patient has swallowing difficulties, such as a sensation of food being stuck in the throat.
Course of the investigation:
You will receive a cup with a small quantity of contrast medium, which you will drink in accordance with the doctor’s instructions. The process of swallowing is followed through under fluoroscopic guidance. To obtain an accurate and reliable diagnosis, the process of swallowing is performed in several positions. Depending on the diagnosis, solid food may be soaked in contrast medium to assess swallowing difficulties when ingesting solid food.