A rhinoscopy is a "scoping of the nasal cavity.". The nasal cavity is comprised of many scroll-like bones called turbinates that function like a maze within the nasal cavities of both dogs and cats. Careful examination of the nasal cavity is done with a small, rigid, fiberoptic scope that shows an image on the video monitor while the doctor is examining the nasal cavities.
Rhinoscopy is done to look for tumors, fungus, foreign bodies, structural abnormalities, or other abnormalities. During the rhinoscopy, biopsies and possibly cultures are taken for further diagnosis.
Rhinoscopy is performed under general anesthesia with analgesics, intravenous fluids, EKG, blood pressure, and oxygenation monitoring performed by nationally and state accredited Licensed Veterinary Technicians.