Bronchoscopy is a visual exam of the airways, the breathing passages in the lungs. The test involves placing a thin tube-like instrument called a bronchoscope through the nose or mouth and down into the airways. A mini camera at the tip of the tube carries images back to a video screen or camera.
We will perform a bronchoscopy when symptoms require us to see the inside of your airways or to sample mucus or tissue from your lungs.
A bronchoscopy may cause some mild discomfort but should not be painful; we do administer a numbing agent to the nose and throat area, as well as a mild sedative to help relax you during the procedure. The test should take no longer than 30 minutes to an hour in most cases.