Laryngoscopy is an examination that lets the doctor to look at the back of your throat, your larynx (voice box), and vocal cords with a scope known as laryngoscope.
Indirect Laryngoscopy: indirect Laryngoscopy is done in a doctor’s office using a small hand mirror held at the back of the throat. Your doctor shines a light in your mouth and wears a mirror on his / her head to reflect light to the back of your throat. Some doctors nowadays use headgear with a bright light. Indirect Laryngoscopy is not done as much now because flexible laryngoscopes let the doctor to see better and are more comfortable for the patient.
Direct Fibre-optic (Flexible or rigid ) Laryngoscopy: Direct Fibre optic Laryngoscopy (FOL) lets the doctor to see deeper into your throat. The laryngoscope is either flexible or rigid. Flexible laryngoscopes show the throat better and are more comfortable for the patient. Rigid laryngoscopes are often used in surgery.
An indirect or direct laryngoscopy (FOL) is done to:
Indirect laryngoscopy and direct flexible laryngoscopy
If you wear dentures, you need to remove them before the laryngoscopy procedure.
Direct Rigid Laryngoscopy
Before a rigid laryngoscopy, tell your doctor if you: