Reasons you may not be able to
have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
A problem that limits your ability to extend
biopsy sample that is too small for a
Also, a biopsy collects tissue from such a small area, so
there is a chance that a cancer may be missed.
What To Think About
Before a final diagnosis is made, the results
of a bronchoscopy will be considered along with your medical history, physical
examination, and the results of other tests including a chest
X-ray or a
computed tomography (CT) scan. A lung biopsy may be
needed when all of these other results are inconclusive.
A needle biopsy with a CT
scan is commonly used because it can diagnose many lung problems. A
bronchoscopy may be a better option when the problem is close to the airway.
Your doctor will determine the best method for you.
bronchoscopy uses a CT scan to provide a picture of the throat and airways. It does not require the placement of a bronchoscope down the throat.
methods that use ultrasound and other technologies can help diagnose and treat
more problems than standard bronchoscopy. But these methods may not be
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Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009).
Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed.
Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology