Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Medical Instruments?

Jun 26 2018

Are you a die-hard Scrubs fan? Or maybe you prefer House? Or are you possibly related to someone who works in the medical field? Test your knowledge of common medical tools and see how you do! One question in particular will probably trip you up!

How did you do? Share your score with us on Facebook! Do you need a quick review session to refresh your memory on common medical instruments? We’ve got you covered! Below are quick descriptions of each of the tools mentioned in the quiz and what they are used for.


The stethoscope is a device used for auscultation, which means it listens to the inside of a human or animal body. It can be used to listen to blood flow, intestines, lungs, and many other things!


Defibrillators are used to resuscitate patients when their heart stops or they experience life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias. It works by discharging a jolt of electricity into the patient’s heart to depolarize a large amount of heart muscle and end the dysrhythmia, allowing the patient’s heart to beat normally again.


Stents are plastic or metal tubes most commonly inserted into arteries to hold them open and ease congestion. They can also be used in other places throughout the body, such as the arteries or even the urinary system.


With what has to be the most fun name to say of any instrument in the list, the sphygmomanometer is a blood pressure gauge that allows blood pressure to be measured. Manual sphygmomanometers are often used with a stethoscope to also listen to how the blood is flowing.


A nebulizer is a medical instrument that uses oxygen, compressed air, or ultrasonic power to break up liquids into aerosol droplets for easy inhalation. It’s a simple and noninvasive way to administer medication to patients.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine

The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine is a device used in radiology to produce pictures of internal anatomy and processes in the human body. The device uses strong magnetic fields to map out the subject in impressive detail!


A cannula is a tube that can be inserted into the human body. The most common types of cannulas are called intravenous cannulas, and are inserted into veins with the help of a large needle. Other cannula variations include the tracheostomy cannula which is a tube that is used to assist with breathing.


An otoscope, also known as an auriscope, is a device for looking into ears. It’s a tool commonly used in regular checkups and helps health practitioners to get an idea of the health of their patient very quickly. They can also be used to examine the inside of the nose.


An endoscope is generally a long, flexible instrument with an illuminated camera fixed to the end. This allows medical practitioners to look at internal organs such as the throat or esophagus.

Tongue Depressor

Tongue depressors, the childhood favorite for craft projects, are small wooden or plastic tools used to assist in examining a patient’s mouth and throat.

Now that you know a little more about these medical instruments, share your newfound knowledge with your friends on Facebook! [shareable button to quiz] If you’ve already mastered these tools, you may be ready for a medical program at PCI

How did you do? We want to see how you did, so share your results with us on Facebook! If you’re interested in learning more about our Medical Assistant Program, contact us and we’ll help answer your questions!

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