Project Title: Identification of Swallowing Patterns Associated with Dysphagia

Project Participants: Mark Mizuko, John Hatten & Rachel Komarek

Phone: 218-726-8203

Address: 221 Bohannon, 10 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812

FAX: 218-726-7073

email: mmizuko@d.umn.edu


Identification of Swallowing Patterns Associated with Dysphagia

Brief Project Description:  

This project developed web pages utilizing QuickTime technology to create a tutorial that helps students learn to observe radiographic studies representing problems that are likely to occur when patients have swallowing dysfunction. This web site will be available for the students to supplement their classroom lectures.

General Project Description:

This project deals with the diagnosis of disordered swallowing patterns commonly produced by dysphagic individuals. One of the greatest obstacles to learning movement patterns commonly produced by individuals with swallowing disorders is providing students with an adequate of amount of controlled observations. Students in communication disorders must evaluate swallowing disorders and determine their relationship, if any, to the anatomy and physiology of the swallowing mechanism. In order to perform this role successfully, the student must be skilled in evaluating the interpreting radiographic studies of patients with swallowing disorders. The trained eye remains the most valid instrument for determining whether or not the movement patterns indicative of swallowing incompetence are present. When these patterns are found, the student has responsibility for assessing their severity and the degree of swallowing dysfunction, and determining possible etiologies. The student must learn to be a reliable observer and to recognize, describe, and interpret evidence of anatomical and physiological conditions that are provided by the swallowing patterns. As the student learns about the different swallowing patterns, it is helpful to have visual tutorials that supplement classroom presentations in order train students to become proficient observers in determining the presence of specific swallowing problems.

The present project is designed to allow students to observe swallowing patterns (both normal and disordered) through the World Wide Web. This project utilized QuickTime technology to present these video segments as actual video segments.

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