In this study, patients undergoing a Modified Barium Swallowing Study (MBSS) will also have a high resolution pharyngeal and esophageal manometry catheter in place to measure the pressures generated by the throat (pharynx) and esophagus (food pipe) during swallowing. Certain swallowing behaviors (such as performing an "effortful swallow") will be done to see how these behaviors might affect the swallowing mechanism as a whole.
This study will involve 280 healthy adult participants. We are currently recruiting males 40 years and older and females 60 years and older. Eligible participants include those without history of head and neck cancer, without history of neurological disease (e.g., stroke, Parkinson's disease, etc), without history or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and without history of thyroid, carotid or spine surgery where the surgeon went through the front of your neck. Study is a one-time visit lasting less than 30 minutes, and compensation for time and travel is provided. Study procedures involve filling out 2 brief questionnaires related to swallowing and overall health. Additionally, you will be required to swallow 12 times where a continuous X-ray will be used to evaluate your swallowing function. This study is non-invasive.