Date of Award

5-1-2011

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Communication Disorders and Sciences

First Advisor

Simpson, Kenneth

Abstract

Videonasendoscopy and videofluoroscopy are two instruments used by craniofacial teams for assessing velopharyngeal function. Various methods have been proposed throughout the literature for collecting and reporting data from these two types of imaging studies. The purpose of this investigation is to survey craniofacial teams regarding current use of videonasendoscopy and videofluoroscopy in the clinical setting. The results show the videonasendoscopy is more frequently used than videofluoroscopy and that estimations are a more common data collection/reporting method than objective measurements. The data also show that a wide variety of methods are currently in use and only a small number of teams use the standardizing method proposed by the international working group (Golding-Kushner, et al., 1990).

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