The bronchoscopy procedure visualizes airways of the lungs. It is used to diagnose lung diseases and cancers and to determine the cause of chronic coughing or bleeding.
During the procedure, a small, lighted scope is passed through your nose or mouth, down your windpipe and into your lungs. A tissue specimen may be obtained to determine a diagnosis.
Sedation is given for this procedure. Recovery time is one to two hours and you will be unable to drink or eat for two hours following the procedure.