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. But it is a very new procedure that is being
studied to determine if it can be used effectively.
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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Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed.
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E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology