The first step in achieving a diagnosis, is a careful review of each patient’s medical history and symptoms. When more information is needed, a diagnostic instrument called “nasal endoscope” is used and the procedure performed is called “nasal endoscopy.”
A nasal endoscope is a camera with a thin fiberoptic light and magnification attached. During a nasal endoscopy, the instrument gently passes through the nostril and provides a detailed look at the nasal anatomy, central airway and posterior (further back) aspects of the nose and nostrils. This process takes less than thirty (30) seconds, may be slightly uncomfortable, but is not painful.
A nasal endoscopy provides superior visualization, optimizing our ability to evaluate causes to your symptoms: Is it infectious? Could there be an allergic component? Is it inflammation? Is there anatomic obstruction, masses, polyps, etc.? Using an endoscope eliminates guesswork, allowing us to provide an accurate diagnoses and expedite your healing!