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a bronchoscopy is a test which lets the doctor see into the air passages: the larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe) and major bronchial tubes. During a bronchoscopy, a thin flexible tube is passed gently through your nose or mouth. There is a tiny camera and light at the end of the tube. This lets the doctor see inside your air passage and take tiny bits of tissue or fluid for the laboratory to test.

Brochoscopy can also take pictures or remove foreign objects. Other reasons why patients may require bronchoscopy include:

  • to collect a tissue or cell sample
  • to collect a fluid or sputum sample
  • to locate areas that may be bleeding to help diagnose infections, or pulmonary edema
  • to diagnose lung problems of undetermined cause

How to access

  • Get a referral

    A referral is required. 

Hours of operation

Currently open
  • Monday:   6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday:   6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday:   6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday:   6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday:   Closed
  • Saturday:   Closed
  • Sunday:   Closed

How to get here

Bronchoscopy is located on the ground floor of the Leon Judah Blackmore Pavilion building at Vancouver General Hospital. 

Vancouver General Hospital (VGH)

Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) offers specialized health-care services to residents in Vancouver and across the province through regional programs. We provide a full range of basic and highly specialized emergency health-care and trauma services to British Columbia.

Bronchoscopy

a bronchoscopy is a test which lets the doctor see into the air passages: the larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe) and major bronchial tubes. During a bronchoscopy, a thin flexible tube is passed gently through your nose or mouth. There is a tiny camera and light at the end of the tube. This lets the doctor see inside your air passage and take tiny bits of tissue or fluid for the laboratory to test.