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Sunday, June 30, 2013

So you need a bronchoscopy. What is it?

After bronchoscopy patients often ask me, "So did you see the lung mass? What did it look like?"

I don't actually see lung tissue where masses and pneumonia occur. I can only see and remain in the larger airways, "roadways of the lungs". Fine wire instruments are passed through the bronchoscope to extend further into smaller airways and into the lungs but I cannot directly visualize beyond the end of the bronchoscope. I may, however, use x-ray guidance or computer assisted navigation (GPS for the lungs) in order to improve the accuracy of where my wire instruments go.

Related Information:  GPS for the Lungs

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