Developing a 3D Model of the Tongue and Mouth to Assess Pressure Generation and Predict Bolus Flow when Swallowing

Project Overview

The tongue and its appendages to other oropharyngeal structures play a vital role in forcing food safely through the oral cavity and into the esophagus. Dysphagia, the common term for swallowing disorders, affect over 18 million adults and millions of children around the Unite States and can result in diseases such as pneumonia.

Developing a 3D model of the tongue and mouth will allow for users to assess pressure generation from the tongue at various points in the oral cavity during swallowing. Later, the model will be used to educate those that suffer from dysphagia.


Team picture

Team members from left to right: Tyler Lieberthal (Communicator), Marie Greuel (Team Leader), Kelly Hanneken (BWIG), Denise Wong (BSAC)


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Contact Information

Team Members

  • Marie Greuel - Team Leader
  • Tyler Lieberthal - Communicator
  • Lok Wong - BSAC
  • Kelly Hanneken - BWIG

Advisor and Client

  • Mitch Tyler - Advisor
  • Prof. JoAnne Robbins - Client