In , Kay Elemetrics (now KayPENTAX) introduced laryngeal stroboscopy systems that precisely controlled the triggering of light sources so that only one. Laryngeal stroboscopy: This examination is a specialized viewing of vocal fold vibration. Laryngeal stroboscopy involves controlled high-speed flashes of light. Video laryngeal stroboscopy (VLS) is a procedure done to evaluate the motion of the vocal cords. It allows the physician to tell the difference between different.

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In a study utilizing HSV of glottic cancer patients, variations in levels of acoustic jitter and shimmer were found to be unrelated to average measures of asymmetry; instead, a significant amount of the variation in acoustic jitter was accounted for by lryngeal standard deviation in the symmetry of phase and amplitude across the vibratory cycles [ 18 ].

High-definition systems provide added spatial resolution as compared to standard-definition systems, which exhibit pixelation at high levels of magnification. By taking multiple snapshots at different phases of the vibratory cycle it is possible to see details of the change in shape of pliable surface of the vocal folds i. The evolution of phonomicrosurgical management.

The vertical red lines indicate the actual vibratory cycle and phase when each stroboscopic snapshot was taken.

In certain situations, stroboscopy may be performed by a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant under the supervision of a physician. High-speed videoendoscopy HSV judgments have been shown to be more sensitive than stroboscopy for evaluating vocal fold phase asymmetry, pointing to the potential of complementing stroboscopy with alternative imaging modalities in hybrid systems.


A selected segment of the vocal fold edge in each exam is magnified 14x to illustrate the stroboscoly pixelation that occurs in the standard-definition image. Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc; This result demonstrates the current routine use of stroboscopy by general otolaryngologists. Images acquired during these flashes provide a slow motion-like view of vocal fold vibration during sound production.

You can see how the Laryngograph waveform changes with the closing and opening of the vocal folds. Symposium Program Programs and Abstracts. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. Once the scope is in position, the voice box and vocal cords stfoboscopy be seen. It can be seen by observing the changing reflection of light during stroboscopy or high speed digital imaging It is particularly helpful to clinicians who want to check that there is no subtle structural abnormality of the vocal folds that could be contributing a voice problem.


A simple and reliable predictor for an adequate laryngeal view with rigid endoscopic laryngoscopy. Does the loss of information using stroboscopic imaging matter?


Interestingly, parameters exhibiting the most reliable judgments—amplitude, vibratory behavior, and edge—were found by Kelley et al [ 16 ] to form a minimal subset of parameters that accounted for most of the variance of all the laryngeal lafyngeal characteristics.

Research efforts continue to determine optimal visualizations of voice production mechanisms [ 123 ]. When would you perform a video laryngeal stroboscopy?

Also recent advances in coupling larynfeal with high-definition video cameras provide higher spatial resolution of phonatory function. Hoarseness dysphonia Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg.

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This procedure enables the speech therapist to view the vocal laryngexl movement, in what appears to be slow motion, while the patient produces voice. High-speed laryngeal imaging compared with videostroboscopy in healthy subjects. DocDoc has Asia’s largest healthcare physician network with 23, doctors, clinics and 55 hospitals from various specialties throughout the region.

Arch Stroboscooy Head Neck Surg. A multi-media, computer-based method for stroboscopy rating training. Summary Laryngeal videostroboscopy continues to be the modality of choice for imaging vocal fold vibration, but technological advancements and HSV research findings are driving increased interest in the clinical adoption of HSV to complement videostroboscopic assessment.

After the exam is completed, still images and video clips can be sent to the patient’s ear, nose and throat ENT specialist and primary care provider for review. Find a Doctor Please enter your search criteria below to find a healthcare provider. Recent publications advocate the use of laryngeal stroboscopic assessment to diagnose general hoarseness [ 2728 ], as well as specific pathological conditions, such as organic lesions [ 29 larynggeal and vocal fold scarring [ 30 ].

Laser projection in high-speed glottography for tsroboscopy measurements of laryngeal dimensions and dynamics.

Other symptoms include breathing difficulty or hemoptysis. It assesses the movement of the vocal folds during the production of sound and produces a detailed picture that can be interpreted by the physician.


It is used when there is a complaint of a voice disorder such as hoarseness or loss of voice. The slow motion allows details of the mucosal wave of the vocal folds to be seen.

Why would my child need a video laryngeal stroboscopy? Possible Risks and Complications Complications are rare with stroboscopy with most problems encountered related to patient discomfort during the procedure. The movement of the vocal folds is fast but the technology of stroboscopy enables its evaluation at various phases of the vibratory cycle, in real-time and in slow motion.

Current role of stroboscopy in laryngeal imaging

Definition and Overview Stroboscopy is a procedure performed to evaluate the vibration of the vocal cords. If each image is shown one after the other as a movie changes in the a mucosal wave can be seen. Clinical role Stroboscopic imaging continues to play a central role in voice clinics. This review of the examination of the voice box, vocal fold structure, vibration, and closure is analogous to the instant replay method used in televised sporting events.

This examination provides the clearest magnified view of the voice box. The recorded images allow the clinician to review the examination repeatedly, often for a frame by frame analysis.

Modified version of Figure This can be done by analysing one three types of signal: Dual rigid endoscopy of a vocally normal speaker sustaining a vowel. Phase asymmetries in normophonic speakers: Need a Cancer Provider?

The Laryngograph Laryngeal Strobe system with 70 degree rigid Machida endoscope and attached digital camera head. It allows the physician to tell the difference between different lesions of the vocal cords that can affect the voice.

In their study, laryngeal stroboscopic features exhibited a wide variety of interrater reliability, indicating that ratings for certain features should be interpreted with caution.