A bronchoscopy is a procedure where a doctor can look at the trachea (windpipe), the bronchi (branches of the airways) and into some areas of the lungs. To do this, the doctor uses a bronchoscope, which is a long flexible tube with a light at the end.
During this procedure, the doctor will pass a bronchoscope through your nose or mouth. It will go past your larynx (voice box), down your trachea (windpipe) and into the bronchi. We will project the images taken by the bronchoscope onto a TV screen in the room. We can then look at them to see if any disease is present in the lungs.
Sometimes a rigid, not flexible bronchoscope is needed for a specific procedure. A rigid bronchoscope can only be inserted via the mouth.
The type of bronchoscope needed depends on the specific problem or results needed. We will discuss this with you before the procedure.
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Inter-hospital transfer form
If you are a health professional and need to refer a patient to us for a bronchoscopy, please print and complete the form below and fax it to 020 7351 8003
Bronch Transfer Form - final (pdf, 95KB)