Research & Innovation

Meet the Innovator

Teresa Lever, PhD, MS, CCC-SLP​

Dr. Teresa Lever is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Missouri (MU).

Dr. Lever is the inventor of FluoroKennel for contrast videofluoroscopy and developed the associated clinical methodology with her research collaborators.

The FluoroKennel Story

Context

Current Procedural Issues

The current protocol involves physical restraint and atypical posture via sternal or lateral recumbency. The result is an assessment of atypical eating/drinking behaviors and increased radiation exposure to the animal handler(s). FluoroKennel is setting a new standard in veterinary aerodigestive medicine by overcoming these major challenges.

1. Uncomfortable for the patient, physical restraint also exposes personnel to excess radiation.

2. Traditional procedures rely on unnatural force-feeding approaches.

1

Radiation Exposure

Personnel in x-ray beam.

2

Tight Restraints

Tight leash around neck causes mechanical obstruction, gagging, and regurgitation. (Bolus flow is normal without leash)

3

Liquid Contamination

Liquid dribbling from mouth during syringe feeding, thereby "contaminating" the x-ray field of view.

4

Kibble Contamination

Kibble dropped during the hand feeding process invariably contaminates the x-ray field-of-view.

These are gloves!

Gloves

1

Radiation Exposure

Personnel in x-ray beam.

2

Tight Restraints

Tight leash around neck causes mechanical obstruction, gagging, and regurgitation. (Bolus flow is normal without leash)

3

Liquid Contamination

Liquid dribbling from mouth during syringe feeding, thereby "contaminating" the x-ray field of view.

Kibble

Kibble

4

Kibble Contamination

Kibble dropped during the hand feeding process invariably contaminates the x-ray field-of-view.

Mechanical obstruction

Mechanical obstruction

Syringe

Liquid dribbling from mouth
during syringe feeding.

Is unleashed & unrestrained aerodigestive testing possible?

Yes, with FluoroKennel

US Patent No. 9,107,385 (Issued 8/18/15)

FluoroKennel permits free movement within a confined space.

  • Transparent polycarbonate for unobstructed viewing & imaging
  • Trapezoidal shape with inviting wide entry door.
  • Top and side access doors
  • Adjustable height food bowl
  • Assorted sizes to accommodate various breeds and sizes

Video of freely feeding dog with fluoroscopic overlay using FluoroKennel.

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