Comparing FEES and MBSS

A Clinician’s Guide to Making Diagnostic Decisions (3117)

This one-hour webinar provides an opportunity to familiarize the SLP with Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) and Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS). The risks, strengths, and limitations of each exam are outlined. Research comparing the two instrumental exams is discussed. Case examples are provided as an exercise for clinical decision making. Risk factors associated with aspiration pneumonia are reviewed. NOTE: THIS COURSE WILL EXPIRE ON 6/1/2020!
Comparing FEES and MBSS

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Reporting to ASHA:

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (1 hour), Intermediate Level, Professional Area

If you wish to have your participation in this course reported to ASHA, you must include your ASHA number when registering for the course. If you do not wish to have your participation submitted to ASHA, type “NO” in the field requesting your ASHA number. Once the course post-test has been completed your material will be ready for us to submit. We submit participation to  the ASHA CE Registry within 45 days of the last date of the quarterly offering. You must complete the post-test no later than 12/31/2020 11:59 pm (EST) to receive credit for participating in this course in 2020.


Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the fundamental differences between FEES and MBSS.
  • List the strengths and limitations of FEES and MBSS.
  • Make appropriate decisions for swallowing imaging studies.
  • Identify risk factors which may be associated with aspiration pneumonia.


00:00-00:10:  Introduction, SLP’s Role

00:10-00:20:  What do we see with these exams?

00:20-00:32:  Strengths, Limitations, Risks

00:32-00:41:  Reliability, Validity

00:41-00:53:  Case Examples

00:53-00:58:  Intervention during Exams, Pneumonia Risk Factors

00:58-01:00:  Summary, References 

Instructor Disclosure: 

Selena Reece is a salaried employee of Carolina Speech Pathology. Ms. Reece has the following non-financial relationship to disclose. Ms. Reece serves on the Professional Development Management Committee (PDMC) of ASHA’s Special Interest Group 13 (SIG13.)


  • Selena Reece

    Selena Reece, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

    Selena Reece

    Selena Reece received her Master’s degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel in 2003. She has worked in acute care, outpatient, and inpatient rehabilitation settings. She currently serves as the Director of Educational Resources for Carolina Speech Pathology, while carrying an active caseload providing mobile FEES services. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and an ACE continuing education award recipient. Selena was featured on Swallow Your Pride Podcast, Episode 18. She has been deemed competent for supervision and training in FEES by a board certified Otolaryngologist. Disclosures: Ms. Reece has the following financial relationships to disclose. She is a salaried employee of Carolina Speech Pathology. Ms. Reece has no non-financial relationship to disclose.