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Glossary: thoracoscopy, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

thoracoscopy

(THOR-uh-KOS-koh-pee)

Examination of the inside of the chest, using a thoracoscope. A thoracoscope is a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing. It may also have a tool to remove tissue to be checked under a microscope for signs of disease.

2006-06-23