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Radiologia Brasileira

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Abstract

SPADOTTO, André Augusto et al. Swallowing quantitative analysis software. Radiol Bras [online]. 2008, vol.41, n.1, pp. 25-28. ISSN 0100-3984.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-39842008000100008.

OBJECTIVE: The present paper is aimed at introducing a software to allow a detailed analysis of the swallowing dynamics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The sample included ten (six male and four female) stroke patients, with mean age of 57.6 years. Swallowing videofluoroscopy was performed and images were digitized for posterior analysis of the pharyngeal transit time with the aid of a chronometer and the software. RESULTS: Differences were observed in the average pharyngeal swallowing transit time as a result of measurements with chronometer and software. CONCLUSION: This software is a useful tool for the analysis of parameters such as swallowing time and speed, allowing a better understanding of the swallowing dynamics, both in the clinical approach of patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia and for scientific research purposes.

Keywords : Swallowing videofluoroscopy; Software; Quantitative analysis.

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