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Pulmonary Tests and Procedures

  • Chest X-ray

    A chest X-ray is used to examine the chest and the lungs and other organs and structures located in the chest.

  • Chest Ultrasound

    Chest ultrasound is a procedure in which sound wave technology is used alone, or along with other types of diagnostic methods, to examine the organs and structures of the chest.

  • Bronchoscopy

    A brochosopy is a procedure in which a long, lighted scope is inserted into the lungs in order to examine the airways of the lungs and to assess lung function.

  • Lung Biopsy

    A lung biopsy is a procedure in which tissue samples are removed with a special needle to determine if cancer or other abnormal cells are present.

  • Pleural Biopsy

    A pleural biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of the pleura (the membrane that surrounds the lungs) is removed with a special biopsy needle or during surgery to determine if disease, infection, or cancer is present.

  • Mediastinoscopy

    A mediastinoscopy is a surgical procedure performed to examine the mediastinum - the space behind the sternum (breastbone) in the middle of the chest that separates the two lungs.

  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET Scan)

    Positron emission tomography (PET) is a specialized radiology procedure used to examine various body tissues to identify certain conditions. PET may also be used to follow the progress of the treatment of certain conditions.

  • Thoracentesis

    Thoracentesis is a procedure in which a needle is inserted through the back of the chest wall to remove fluid or air from between the lungs and the interior chest wall.

  • Lobectomy

    A lobectomy is a surgical procedure that removes one of the lobes of the lungs.

  • Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Chest

    CT/CAT scans are more detailed than standard x-rays and are often used to assess the organs of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and esophagus, for injuries, abnormalities, or disease.