Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy

A fibreoptic laryngoscopy is made up of a flexible fibre-optic tube which is used by a specialist to see inside the nasal cavity and throat. If cancer is suspected the specialist can then use a dye called toluidine blue (which stains abnormal cells) to indicate areas that require biopsy for further investigation. If a biopsy is warranted, a rigid scope may be used to help remove the tissue sample (usually under a general anaesthetic). Photographs of any suspicious areas may also be taken.