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OPS-301 code 1-612

A Rhinoscope (or Nasoscope) is a thin, tube-like instrument used to examine the inside of the nose. A rhinoscope has a light and a lens for viewing and may have a tool to remove tissue.


Rhinoscopy is performed by two procedures.

  • Anterior Rhinoscopy
  • Posterior Rhinoscopy

Anterior Rhinoscopy[edit]

In anterior rhinoscopy, the rhinoscope is advanced through the nose to examine the nasal cavity.

Posterior Rhinoscopy[edit]

In posterior rhinoscopy, the rhinoscope is advanced through the mouth to examine the back of the nasal cavity above the soft palate.


  • "Rhinoscopy"[1], The College of Veterinary Medicine/UT, retrieved Feb. 2013.

External links[edit]

  • Rhinoscope entry in the public domain NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

 This article incorporates public domain material from the U.S. National Cancer Institute document "Dictionary of Cancer Terms".