A bronchoscopy is a visual examination of the air passages leading into the lungs using a bronchoscope—a long, thin, flexible tube with a camera on the tip. At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, bronchoscopies are used to diagnose and treat conditions involving the lungs and trachea, including bleeding, difficulty breathing, chest pain or obstructions in the airway.
You may also be a candidate for endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), an alternative to surgery used to diagnose lung infections, lung cancer and other diseases that enlarge the lymph nodes in the chest.
What to Expect
Learn more about bronchoscopy, including what to expect and how to prepare for the procedure, in our online Health Library.