Jefferson University Hospitals

Tests & Treatments

  • Barium Swallow
    Used to obtain detailed X-ray images of your upper digestive tract, which includes the esophagus, the throat and the back of your mouth.

  • Chest X-ray
    A chest X-ray may be one of the first procedures your physician will perform to arrive at a diagnosis of a wide variety of conditions.

  • Cricopharyngeal Myotomy
    This is a surgical procedure that can be used to treat swallowing problems.

  • Endoscopic Swallowing Evaluation
    This test involves recording images of your throat and voice box to see how well you are able to swallow liquids or foods.

  • Esophageal Manometry
    This is an outpatient test that studies the entire function of the esophagus.

  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
    This safe and effective treatment involves a device that provides stimulation to the muscles of your throat with custom-designed electrodes to rehabilitate your swallowing function.

  • Radiation Therapy
    If you are concerned with how radiation may affect your health, Jefferson physicians have made great strides in reducing the effects of radiation on normal tissue surrounding the tumor being treated.

  • Swallowing Therapy
    We can improve your swallowing by strengthening specific muscles in your body – such as the lips, tongue, back of throat, voice box and even breathing and coughing – so that your swallowing can be as strong and safe as possible.

  • Transnasal Esophagoscopy
    Transnasal esophagoscopy is an in-office endoscopic evaluation of the esophagus without sedation.

  • Upper Endoscopy
    An upper endoscopy is a procedure that involves inserting a mini-camera attached to a tube called an endoscope down your throat to obtain detailed images of your upper digestive tract.

  • Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Evaluation
    This is an evaluation that can be done during the endoscopic swallowing evaluation of your throat during an office exam.