Happy Spring!
In February, we asked how you show your love on Valentine’s Day, and it looks like everyone is a big fan of chocolate covered strawberries, followed closely by a dozen roses! For people with dysphagia, holidays like Valentine’s Day can be really challenging, so I loved seeing so many of us choosing a variety of ways to celebrate!This month, I had a productive conversation with a Radiologist. She is new to my facility and as soon as my patient aspirated, she wanted to end the study! It was kind of intimidating, because who wants to argue with a physician? I asked for a quick chat, which she readily agreed to.We talked about our different views of the study, and she had heard of the MBSImP™© (Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile), so I popped a quick quote from Dr. Bonnie Martin-Harris in there—“The study often begins when my patient aspirates”—and explained that the purpose is to go beyond aspiration and identify the nature and severity of the physiologic cause.As SLPs, we do this by carefully controlling the amount of aspiration using a validated protocol. We can then treat the physiology cause directly with evidence-based interventions during and following the study. It was a great exchange of information, and I feel certain that we are going to have a better collaboration moving forward.



If you have developing relationships with your Radiologists, click the link above to find a brilliant discussion from a panel of SLPs and Radiologists, it took place at the 2022 Meet the Masters talk at ASHA, and you can even get continuing education credit. It’s available through the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.






VARIBAR® (barium sulfate)

Indications and Usage:

VARIBAR® THIN HONEY (barium sulfate) oral suspension, VARIBAR® NECTAR (barium sulfate) oral suspension, and VARIBAR® THIN LIQUID (barium sulfate) for oral suspension, are indicated for use in modified barium swallow examinations to evaluate the oral and pharyngeal function and morphology in adult and pediatric patients. VARIBAR® HONEY (barium sulfate) oral suspension and VARIBAR® PUDDING (barium sulfate) oral paste are indicated for use in modified barium swallow examinations to evaluate the oral and pharyngeal function and morphology in adult and pediatric patients 6 months of age and older.


For Oral Administration. This product should not be used in patients with known or suspected perforation of the GI tract, known obstruction of the GI tract, high risk of aspiration, or hypersensitivity to barium sulfate products. Rarely, severe allergic reactions of anaphylactoid nature have been reported following administration of barium sulfate contrast agents. Aspiration may occur during the modified barium swallow examination, monitor the patient for aspiration.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‑800‑FDA‑1088.

Please consult full Prescribing Information for VARIBAR HONEY here, for VARIBAR THIN HONEY here, for VARIBAR PUDDING here, for VARIBAR NECTAR here, and for VARIBAR THIN LIQUID here.

VARIBAR is manufactured by E-Z-EM Canada Inc., for E-Z-EM, Inc., a subsidiary of Bracco Diagnostics Inc., Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

VARIBAR is a registered trademark of E-Z-EM, Inc.

Talk soon,



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