bronchoscopy

Pronunciation: (bron-KOS-koh-pee)

A procedure that uses a bronchoscope to examine the inside of the trachea, bronchi (air passages that lead to the lungs), and lungs. A bronchoscope is a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing. It may also have a tool to remove tissue to be checked under a microscope for signs of disease. The bronchoscope is inserted through the nose or mouth. Bronchoscopy may be used to detect cancer or to perform some treatment procedures.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Bronchoscopy. A bronchoscope is inserted through the mouth, trachea, and major bronchi into the lung, to look for abnormal areas. A bronchoscope is a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing. It may also have a cutting tool. Tissue samples may be taken to be checked under a microscope for signs of disease.Broncoscopia. Se inserta un broncoscopio a través de la boca, la tráquea y los bronquios principales hasta el pulmón para ver si hay áreas anormales. Un broncoscopio es un aparato con forma de tubo delgado, con una luz y una lente para observar. También puede tener un instrumento para cortar. Se pueden tomar muestras de tejido y examinarlas al microscopio para determinar si hay señales de enfermedad. Date last modified: 2006-08-22