Bronchoscopy is a test to view the airways and diagnose lung disease. It may also be used during the treatment of some lung conditions. The pulmonary specialists at Franciscan Health have extensive training to perform bronchoscopy.
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Specialized Treatment for Better Diagnosis of Airway Disease
Bronchoscopy is a procedure used to gain better access to a patient's airway allowing the passage of larger instruments and cameras in order to diagnose and treat airway disease. It is estimated that less than six percent of pulmonologists in the United States are trained to perform rigid bronchoscopy.
When is bronchoscopy used?
Bronchoscopy is used to treat lung infections, cancers, inflammatory conditions, airway obstruction, airway narrowing (stenosis), bleeding and to remove foreign objects. It also allows for larger biopsies and for placing airway devices, such as tracheobronchial stents to keep airways open.