Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look at your airway through an instrument called a bronchoscope. During a bronchoscopy , your doctor will examine your throat, larynx , trachea , and lower airways. Bronchoscopies are useful in diagnosing problems with the airway, the lungs, or with the lymph nodes in the chest, or to treat problems such as an object or growth in the airway. Your pulmonologist will determine which type of bronchoscopy is needed for your symptoms.

Specialized Bronchoscopies

  • Bronchial Thermoplasty
    This procedure is used for relief of individuals who suffer from severe asthma. It is effective in providing long term relief in the number of asthma attacks, requiring less need for oral steroid medications. A pulmonologist can determine whether or not you might be a candidate for this procedure.

    Procedure: With the aid of a bronchoscope, a small device delivers heat to the smooth muscle airways in your lungs. This reduces the volume of excess smooth-muscle tissue in the airways making the airways constrict less. Asthma attacks are reduced and breathing is improved.
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
    Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is a specialized form of bronchoscopy which uses ultrasound along with bronchoscope to visualize airway wall and structures adjacent to it. This technique is used to diagnose lung diseases. It is also performed when biopsying of lymph nodes in the chest is needed for staging of tumors. These samples are examined as they are obtain leading to a faster evaluation of the tissue.
  • Super Dimensional Bronchoscopy Super Dimensional Navigation System-Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (Super D) which provides a minimally invasive approach to accessing difficult-to-reach areas of the lung, which can aid in the diagnosis of lung disease and thereby lead to earlier, personalized treatment.


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