What is Videostroboscopy?

Videostroboscopy is a procedure used to assess structure and movement of the vocal cords. The procedure requires use of a scope, camera, recording device, television monitor, microphone, and strobe light source to record pseudo slow-motion images of the vocal cords at rest and during vibration or speaking.

Who performs the exam?

Videostroboscopy is performed by our speech-language pathologists in conjunction with a physician at our West Toledo Office (Woodley Road).

Why is Videostroboscopy performed?

Videostroboscopy is performed to assess the structure and movement of the vocal cords, and to examine surrounding muscles and tissues in the larynx. Patients are frequently referred for this type of exam due to hoarse or inadequate vocal quality.

How is Videostroboscopy performed?

You will be asked to complete a brief recording of your voice to assess vocal quality.

A topical anesthetic may be applied to the back of your mouth for your comfort during the exam if you are extremely sensitive / prone to gag. This is optional and used only if needed.

While holding on to the tip of your tongue with gauze, the speech-language pathologist will insert a rigid scope towards the back of your mouth. (No scopes are inserted into or down your throat.)

You will be asked to perform simple vocal tasks to assess the condition of the larynx and movement of the vocal cords. The scope will remain in your mouth for brief amounts of time, often only a few seconds.

The speech-language pathologist will play back for you and describe the recorded images of you larynx and vocal cords. A written report and printed images will be given to your ENT doctor, who will make recommendations regarding your plan of care should further intervention be necessary. Speech therapy may be recommended to improve your voice function.

How long does the exam take?

Your entire appointment may last 20-30 minutes; however, the scope is only in your mouth for very brief periods.

What do I need to do to prepare for the exam?

No preparation is needed for Videostroboscopy. You may eat and drink prior to the exam.

How do I schedule this appointment?

If you have any questions or are unable to keep your appointment, please call our West Toledo Office (3829 Woodley Road, Building B) at 419-474-9324.