Vocal Cord Scan in Anne Arundel County MD
What is a Videostroboscopy?
Videostroboscopy is a state-of-the-art technique that provides a magnified, slow-motion view of your vocal cords in action. It enables practitioners to make an accurate diagnosis of conditions and diseases of the vocal cords, including masses or lesions, abnormal motion, inflammation, broken blood vessels, scarring and other disorders.
Who is a candidate for videostroboscopy?
Anyone who is experiencing chronic voice problems such as hoarseness, breathiness, vocal fatigue, decreased vocal range or pain while talking may be a candidate. Most of these vocal problems are the result of abnormal patterns of vibration of the vocal cords.
What can I expect during the examination?
The examination is conducted by a speech-language pathologist. To help the speech-language pathologist view the vocal cords, a small, angled scope will be placed into your mouth or a flexible scope may be placed through your nose. You will be asked to repeat several words and make specific sounds to make your vocal cords vibrate. This action is recorded so that it can be reviewed later. The examination lasts only a few minutes and is not painful. You will be able to talk throughout the examination. The examination will be reviewed by the speech-language pathologist and the doctor and discussed in detail with you.
What happens after the evaluation?
After a diagnosis has been made, Dr. Kleiman will recommend a treatment plan, which may include medication, vocal exercises, speech therapy and in some cases, surgery.