• The main part of the blade which may be straight or curved
  • Passes over the lingual surface of the tongue
  • The portion of the blade that arises from the edge of the spatula
  • Used to direct and compress the tongue and other tissue to reveal the cords
  • Size and shape varies significantly with different blade designs
  • Connects the flange to the spatula
  • Contacts the vallecula to directly or indirectly elevate the epiglottis
  • Is usually blunt and thickened to prevent trauma
  • Attaches the blade to the handle
  • Has a notch to engage with the hinge pin of the handle