A bronchoscopy allows us to examine your airway and diagnose lung diseases. Your doctor uses a special type of endoscope called a bronchoscope during the procedure.
Your doctor may recommend a bronchoscopy for a number of reasons. We use bronchoscopy to:
- Examine breathing problems, bleeding or a chronic cough
- Take a biopsy (tissue sample) from your lungs
- Stage lung cancer to determine the most appropriate treatment plan
Bronchoscopy: What to Expect
You cannot eat or drink for six to 12 hours before the test. Other pre-procedure instructions:
- Discuss any medications you take or allergies you have with your doctor.
- Arrange for someone to take you home after your procedure.
- The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis.
For more information about endoscopic services at St. Anthony's Hospital or for a physician referral, please call (727) 825-1111.