A bronchoscopy is a diagnostic test used to view the inside of your lungs and breathing passages. Using a thin, lighted tube, called a bronchoscope, your doctor will view the airways into the body and lungs. Your doctor will take cells from both the breathing airways and the lungs. In addition, while performing a bronchoscopy, your doctor may make a decision to open an airway blocked by tumor or scarring, or place a stent.
Your doctor will give you very specific instructions about how to prepare for this procedure. Please follow those directions exactly. You may also use our page Preparing for a procedure as a general reference.
A bronchoscopy is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, so you will not be required to stay in the hospital overnight.
If tissue is taken at the time of your procedure and sent for a frozen section to be evaluated by an experienced thoracic pathologist, you may have your result the day of the procedure as you leave the hospital. Otherwise, results will be available within a few days.