A chest x ray creates a picture of the structures in your chest, such as your heart and lungs. A chest CT scan uses special x rays to create detailed pictures of the structures in your chest.
Other reasons for needing bronchoscopy include coughing up blood or having a cough that lasts more than a few weeks.
Sometimes doctors use bronchoscopy to treat lung problems. For example, the procedure might be used to:
Doctors also can use bronchoscopy to check for swelling in the upper airways and vocal cords of people who were burned around the throat area or who inhaled smoke from a fire.
In children, the procedure most often is used to remove an object blocking an airway.
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