Findings support the growing call to no longer require a radiologist’s presence for a barium swallow study.

Modified barium swallow studies (MBSS) can be safely and effectively conducted without a radiologist present to oversee the procedure, according to newly presented research.

In a poster presentation during the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, a team led by Luhe Yang, M.D., CM, from the department of medical imaging at the University of Saskatchewan, showed that MBSS procedures performed by a radiologic technologist performed well against studies where the radiologist was present – and they even did a better job in some circumstances.

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Pivoting away from having a radiologist present, however, would be a significant change to a long-standing practice, the team said.

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