Flexible bronchoscopy is a mechanism used to examine the breathing passages of the lungs. Flexible bronchoscopy is a diagnostic or a therapeutic procedure. It diagnoses the problem and prevents the lung diseases. A bronchoscope is a device used to see the inside of the airways and lungs. The scope can be flexible or rigid. A flexible scope is almost always used. It is a tube less than 1/2-inch wide and about 2 feet long. In rare cases, a rigid bronchoscope is used.
With a flexible bronchoscope, the doctor is able to visualize not only the tissue of the larger airways (trachea and bronchi), but also that of the smaller sections (bronchioles) as well. The design of the flexible bronchoscope is advantageous because it can be maneuvered into the smaller bronchioles, yielding more information about their condition than can be determined with a rigid bronchoscope.
Related Journals of Flexible bronchoscopy
Journal of Asthma & Bronchitis, Journal of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology, Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, Pulmonary Medicine, Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine.