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What Is An Oral Pharyngeal Motility Study (OPMS)?

Pediatric swallow studies are completed by highly trained Speech Language Pathologists using state-of-the-art dynamic, digital x-rays of the process of swallowing.

The study defines the nature of a child's swallowing disorder and identifies adaptations to facilitate improved swallowing. Complications such as silent aspiration, food/liquid residue and reflux can be visualized and analyzed for the influence of bolus size and food consistency.

A comprehensive evaluation includes clinical and instrumental examination of swallowing function, and is followed by recommendations for an individualized swallowing therapy program.

What Is Involved In Having An OPMS?

A small amount of food or drink in varying consistencies (infused with barium) is swallowed during the video studies. Parents bring a full meal with the child's own feeding utensils.

When Is An OPMS Indicated?

Infants and children who present the following symptoms could benefit from the information provided by a pediatric swallow study (OPMS).

There are two parts of the evaluation including:

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, physicians or patients can call Speech Language Pathology (727) 767-4141 or submit an online appointment request. A physician's prescription is required for the study.

We accept most traditional insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and most managed care plans.


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