How to Prepare for a Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS)

Man participates in test for swallowing disordersA modified barium swallow study (MBSS) is a diagnostic test for patients with swallowing disorders.

A speech pathologist will use this test to determine the degree of swallowing difficulties a person has and then recommend an appropriate diet and strategies to improve their condition. The speech pathologist can also develop an exercise program if necessary.

When you come in for the MBSS, pediatric patients should be hungry enough to participate in eating and drinking. Parents should bring both preferred and challenging food/drink items to the test.

What to Bring to the Appointment

  • Prescription
  • Insurance cards
  • Identification (ID)
  • Pertinent doctors reports and/or medical documentation

Where to Go

Please arrive at the hospital at 1 Robert Wood Johnson Place in New Brunswick 45 minutes prior to your appointment time.

You will need to register at Radiology Reception, located on the ground floor of the main hospital. To get there, enter the main hospital doors, turn right and go down the hall. Follow signs for the Tower elevators. Take the Tower elevators down to G (ground) and enter the Radiology Reception area across from the elevators.