Diagnostic Imaging for Pulmonary Conditions
In a bronchoscopy procedure, your doctor is able to see your breathing
passages / airways using a slender instrument that is called a “bronchoscope.”
This flexible fiber-optic device utilizes a camera and light source on
the end. Many bronchoscopes allow for full-color imaging, so your doctor
can get a highly clear and detailed view.
This procedure allows your doctor to get a close, clear view of your:
- Lower airways
- Small airways in the lungs such as bronchi and bronchioles
How Does a Bronchoscopy Work?
Your doctor conducts the bronchoscopy by threading the scope through your
mouth or nose, into your trachea or “windpipe,” and down into
your lungs. In some cases, a bronchoscopy is used not only as a viewing
device, but also as a tool for treatment, providing medication to the
lungs or removing an object stuck in your breathing passages. Bronchoscopies
are often ordered in response to abnormal findings in a computerized tomography
(CT) scan or chest X-ray.
A bronchoscopy can diagnose:
- Lung disease
- Cause of chronic coughing
Learn more about the pulmonary diagnostic services provided by the skilled
doctors at our Fremont facility. Visit Washington Township Medical Foundation
for additional information about diagnosing pulmonary conditions.