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Video of your vocal cords

This test uses a long, flexible tube called an endoscope to examine your larynx and vocal cords while you speak.

It’s sometimes called a videostroboscopy, or videolaryngoscopy with stroboscopy.

What happens

Your doctor uses an anaesthetic spray to numb your throat. It takes a few minutes for the area to go numb.

They pass a thin flexible tube called an endoscope either up your nose or down your throat. This tube has a camera and fibre optic strobe light on the end, which your doctor uses to make a video of your vocal cords

Your doctor then asks you to talk, and makes the video. This allows them to see your vocal cords moving in slow motion, and gives a clear picture of the area.

Getting your results

Your scan will be looked at by a specialist doctor and you should get your results within 1 or 2 weeks. You won't get any results at the time of the scan. 

Waiting for test results can make you anxious. Ask your doctor or nurse how long it will take to get them. Contact them if you haven’t heard anything after a couple of weeks.

You might have the contact details for a specialist nurse. You can contact them for information and support if you need to. It may help to talk to a close friend or relative about how you feel. 

For support and information, you can call the Cancer Research UK nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040. The lines are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Contact the doctor that arranged the test if you haven't heard anything after a couple of weeks.