During a bronchoscopy, a thin flexible tube is inserted into the airways of the lungs, allowing the physician, generally a pulmonologist, to see and fix a number of problems. Doctors can:
- Find obstructions, tumors, and foreign objects
- Get tissue samples from the bronchial tubes or lungs to be tested for cancer or other diseases
- Diagnose lung cancer, tuberculosis, infection, and other airway diseases
- Find the source of bleeding in someone who has been coughing up blood
- Remove extra mucus, foreign objects, or anything else blocking the airways
- Find out how advanced someone’s lung cancer is and monitor the cancer during treatment
At TMC, our bronchoscopy services include the use of new state-of-the-art equipment for the benefit of non-surgical, non-invasive outpatient procedures. These include:
The use of an ultrasonic bronchoscope is paving the way for improved diagnosis of lung cancer. An ultrasonic bronchoscope is an innovative "hybrid scope" with a unique optical system that uses both video and fiberoptic technologies that allows the physician to view bronchoscopic images in real time on a TV monitor.
Argon Plasma Coagulation uses a non-contact form of electrosurgery that produces heat energy, which allows a physician to stop minor bleeding and can also be used to remove abnormal growths or obstructions in the airways due to lung cancer.
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