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Research Update: 2016 Year-in-Review

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Functional Assessments

Since inception of the Thyroid Head and Neck Research Center (THNRC) in November, 2009, 1,031 patients have agreed to participate in THANC studies. In addition, 1,670 functional assessments of voice, speech, tongue function, swallowing and quality of life have been conducted. Patients have been seen both pre- and post-treatment and patients have undergone chemoradiotherapy and/or surgery.

Instrumental Swallow Evaluation

Since inception of the Instrumental Swallowing Program, 1,245 videofluoroscopic swallow studies (Modified Barium Swallow studies) have been performed utilizing the Kay Swallow Workstation within the Radiology Department, Phillips Ambulatory Care Pavilion, Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Evaluations are performed collaboratively by the THANC Speech-Language Pathologist and the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Radiologist. In addition, 63 flexible endoscopic evaluations of swallowing (FEES) exams have been conducted at the Foundation, including PACC and White Plains offices.

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