FEES Studies

Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES)

Patheous Health

The fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing study is a well-established technique that involves passing a flexible endoscope through the patient’s nasal passage to provide a superior view of the pharynx so the larynx, pharynx, and upper esophageal opening are viewed directly from above.

The Patheous Health Approach

Our trained FEES clinician is also a speech-language pathologist (SLP) who will start by completing a thorough chart review, clinical swallow assessment, and patient interview. They will provide onsite imaging using a gold-standard fiberoptic endoscopic system at the patient’s bedside. During our FEES exam, patients are kept comfortable while our SLP evaluates the patient’s swallow function.

FEES Study Benefits

  • Performed at the patient’s location in their natural eating positions.
  • Safe for patients who are medically complex or fragile.
  • Can be completed with patients who are tracheostomized or ventilator-dependent.
  • No time-limits, therefore can examine the impact of fatigue on swallow function.
  • Uses real food items we supply, in addition to any other items from the facility.
  • Patient caregivers are welcome to be present for the study.


The Value of Patheous Health FEES Imaging:

  • Clinical Excellence– Our FEES clinicians are highly skilled endoscopists and leaders in their clinical field.
  • Prompt and Efficient – Our commitment is to serve your patients and residents within 3-5 business days.
  • Convenience – We bring all supplies needed for the FEES and provide a color-printed report and pictures following the exam.
  • Patient-Centric – Our FEES service can be performed at the patient’s bedside.
  • Continuing Education – We are an ASHA-approved CEU Provider and offer a multitude of educational opportunities.