Department of Communication Science & Disorders

Swallowing and Voice Imaging Lab (SAVI-lab)

Serving the Voice and Swallowing Community

What is the SAVI-lab?

The Swallowing and Voice Imaging Lab (SAVI-lab) is a specialty clinic and research lab housed in the Department of Communication Science and Disorder’s Speech and Language Center at the University of Montevallo. The lab consists of an examination room, patient consultation space, and equipment cleaning space.

The University of Montevallo prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, or disabled veteran status.  The University of Montevallo prohibits any form of harassment related to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, or veteran status of and by faculty. The Speech and Language Center follows the ASHA Code of Ethics.

The department also complies with the American-Speech-Language and Hearing Association’s position statement and does not discriminate against students or professionals who speak English with accents and nonstandard dialects in the provision of speech, language, and hearing services.

Lab Mission:

The SAVI-lab’s mission is to support ongoing research in dysphagia and voice disorders, provide diagnostic imaging and therapeutic services for voice and swallowing-related conditions for our community, and serve as an educational lab for our graduate student clinicians.

Lab Services:

The lab provides flexible and rigid endoscopy (imaging) services to assess the throat, voice, and swallowing systems. In addition, the lab also provides video stroboscopy services for the assessment of voice/laryngeal (voice box) function. The SAVI-lab and equipment use are under the direction and supervision of Dr. Mathew B. Vansant, CCC-SLP.

Populations Served:

  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Head and Neck Cancer-Related Swallowing Impairment
  • Neurological-Related Swallowing Disorders
  • Voice Disorders
  • Functional Voice Disorders
  • Transgender Voice

Requesting Services

To request an evaluation, please complete the Request for Service Form.