Bronchoscopy is a procedure in which a physician uses a tube with a small camera to look inside the lungs’ airways and to take tissue or fluid samples. The procedure is used to diagnose a problem in the lungs, such as a tumor on an infection. There are two types of bronchoscope — the more frequently used flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope and the rigid bronchoscope.
Patients who are at risk for cancer, have a suspected cancer, or have a diagnosed cancer may need some type of surgery. Their care team will discuss when they need surgery and what their options are so that they can decide what is best for them.
CT scan (or computed tomography scan) is an imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices) of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including bone, muscle and organs.
Lung cancer screening helps doctors find lung cancer in its early stages, when it is most treatable. Rush offers annual lung cancer screening for patients at high risk for developing lung cancer using low-dose computer tomography (CT).
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.
Pulmonary Function Testing
Pulmonary function testing, or spirometry, measures how well the lungs are working. It is used to diagnose and evaluate patients with asthma, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer and other lung conditions.