Remote Videofluoroscopic Evaluation of Swallowing
Remote Videofluoroscopic Evaluation of Swallowing using
telemedicine - making the right connections.
Patients from West Wales who have swallowing problems because of
head and neck cancer (or its treatment) have to travel to Swansea
for specialist X-Ray swallowing assessment (Modified Barium
Swallow). Although invaluable for treatment planning, it is time
consuming and exhausting for patients at a time when they are
vulnerable, both physically and psychologically.
The hospitals in Hywel Dda Local Health Board have facilities
for X-Ray swallow tests, but no specialist cancer speech and
language therapists, and excellent videoconferencing equipment
which can send and receive high quality video images, similar to
those produced during the swallow test.
We would like to investigate linking the X-ray and
videoconferencing equipment, testing whether it would be possible
to carry out the specialist X-Ray swallow test closer to the
patient's home, but being coordinated and interpreted by specialist
speech and language therapy staff in Swansea.
Investigators and collaborators on the project:
Eryl Evans, Delyth Lewis, Stephen Evans