In the below video, Dr Chris Halman BVSc MANZCVS Small Animal Medicine Registrar talks about the Rhinoscopy procedure in animals.
Veterinary Specialist Services is happy to be able to offer many minimally invasive procedures, such as rhinoscopy. A rhinoscopy involves the use of small cameras to look at the inner lining of the nasal passages, and is usually paired with advanced imaging techniques for the nose and sinuses such as CT or MRI. Rhinoscopies are performed under a general anaesthetic. Patients will be kept for observation for several hours after their procedure, or in some cases overnight, to ensure that they recover well. This is especially true for animals that may have biopsies taken, as they are monitored and treated for any bleeding from the nose that may occur. Most animals are able to be discharged within 24 hours. Rhinoscopy can be used to look for and remove foreign bodies, and biopsy any masses, fungal growths or areas of inflammation. Both rigid and flexible scopes may be used to allow images to be collected from both the front and back of the nasal passages.