The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery endorses the use of laryngeal videostroboscopy as an endoscopic (diagnostic) procedure. Laryngeal videostroboscopy is a term used to describe a video endoscopic procedure with stroboscopic light source for visualization of the vocal folds. This allows the examiner to evaluate the vibratory patterns of the vocal fold mucosa, vocal fold physiology, detailed vocal fold anatomy/pathology to establish a medical diagnosis. As such, it should be performed by, or under the direct supervision of an otolaryngologist with training in diagnosis and
treatment of voice disorders. Once laryngeal videostroboscopy has been performed for a patient and a diagnosis has been established by an otolaryngologist, it may be appropriate for a certified, licensed speech-language pathologist to
perform periodic, follow up laryngeal videostroboscopy to assess functional outcomes of voice therapy as part of voice therapy for the patient with supervision by a licensed otolaryngologist. Follow up laryngeal videostroboscopy for diagnostic purposes must be performed by, or under the supervision of, a licensed otolaryngologist. In all cases, a patient’s initial or only laryngeal videostroboscopy examination must be performed by a licensed otolaryngologist or under the supervision of a licensed otolaryngologist.
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