Laryngeal mirror examination

Laryngeal mirror examination is a time-honored method for visualizing the interior of the larynx and pharynx, and especially the vocal folds. This method was originally described in the 19th century by famed singing teacher Manuel Garcia. An angled “dental” mirror is held against the soft palate and over the base of the tongue, and illuminated, typically by head mirror or headlight. The larynx is then visualized in this mirror while the patient phonates on the /i/(eee) vowel.