Recognizing and Understanding the Limitations of Laryngeal Videostroboscopy Advances in laryngeal imaging have dramatically improved our understanding of laryngeal physiology and our ability to assess patients with voice disorders. Perhaps the most significant advance has been the development and refinement of laryngeal videostroboscopy. Laryngeal videostroboscopy is certainly the most clinically useful instrument in the assessment of patients ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2007
Recognizing and Understanding the Limitations of Laryngeal Videostroboscopy
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  • Edie R. Hapner
    Emory Voice Center, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Michael M. Johns
    Emory Voice Center, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2007
Recognizing and Understanding the Limitations of Laryngeal Videostroboscopy
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2007, Vol. 17, 3-7. doi:10.1044/vvd17.1.3
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2007, Vol. 17, 3-7. doi:10.1044/vvd17.1.3
Advances in laryngeal imaging have dramatically improved our understanding of laryngeal physiology and our ability to assess patients with voice disorders. Perhaps the most significant advance has been the development and refinement of laryngeal videostroboscopy. Laryngeal videostroboscopy is certainly the most clinically useful instrument in the assessment of patients with voice disorders. However, a fundamental principle in understanding the utility of laryngeal videostroboscopy is having a clear knowledge of the inherent limitations of the tool. Several considerations affect the quality and usefulness of laryngeal videostroboscopy, including: (1) limitations of currently available technology, (2) skill and technique of the examiner, (3) diagnostic limitations, and (4) scope-of-practice and interdisciplinary elements. This article explores these limitations, which hopefully will arm the reader with a more complete appreciation of this highly valuable clinical tool.
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