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  • Tests for Lung Disorders
  • Bronchoscopy: Insertion

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    During bronchoscopy, the doctor passes a flexible fiber-optic tube through a patient's nostril and down into the airways. The doctor can directly view the larger airways. The patient is awake, although often sedated. An IV is used to provide access to the vein for drugs. An ECG and pulse oximeter (seen on the far left) are used to monitor vital signs during the procedure.

    (Courtesy of Dr. Robert M. Bogin and Dr. Salvatore Mangione.)

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