Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of the Swallow

A fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of the swallow (FEES) assesses the swallowing process conducted by both an otolaryngologist (ear, nose throat physician) and Marianjoy speech-language pathologist. This evaluation provides direct visualization of the throat (pharynx) and voice box (larynx) during the swallowing process. The FEES exam records the individual's entire dynamic swallowing process in a continuous motion-picture format, which can be saved digitally for further assessment and evaluation.

Who may benefit from the FEES?
How does the FEES work?

A camera attached to a small tube (endoscope) is inserted into the individual's nose and passed down to the throat area. Individuals are given food and liquid to drink while the images of the swallow are recorded on a computer monitor.

What are the advantages of using the FEES?