If you have symptoms of lung disease, your doctor may need to look inside your lungs through a procedure called bronchoscopy.
Because your lungs are deep inside your body, it’s natural to assume bronchoscopy is a difficult test. But it’s generally a short, safe procedure that doesn’t require a hospital stay.
Bronchoscopy is a type of endoscopy. Like all endoscopic procedures, it’s a way for your doctor to see inside your body without surgery. Bronchoscopy looks specifically at your respiratory system.
During the procedure, your doctor inserts a thin, hollow tube (bronchoscope) into your nose or mouth. He or she guides the bronchoscope down your throat and trachea (windpipe). Then they guide it into your bronchi and bronchioles. These are the tubes inside your lungs that carry oxygen.
The bronchoscope is mounted with a tiny light and camera. The camera projects images onto a video screen. This gives your doctor a real-time, close-up view inside your lungs.
Bronchoscopy has many uses, including:
Mercy offers several types of bronchoscopy. These include advanced techniques that combine bronchoscopy and imaging technology:
It’s normal to feel nervous before having a medical procedure. But tests like bronchoscopy are a vital step toward getting you the treatments you need. And no matter what your test results show, you’ll find the care and support you need at Mercy.