The technique of adult flexible bronchoscopy: Part 1

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Flexible bronchoscopy was clinically introduced by Shigeto Ikeda in 1968 and is now used widely for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. A combination of advancing technology and ingenuity has fostered the development of an expanded array of devices and applications. The newer video bronchoscopes offer higher-resolution images than fiberoptic bronchoscopes. The advantages of fiberoptic technology are lower cost and greater technical ease of adapting to smaller-diameter bronchoscopes. Hybrid bronchoscopes have an imaging lens and fiberoptic bundles that transmit the viewing image to a charge couple device (CCD) chip in the body of the operator end of the bronchoscope. The digital image is transmitted from the CCD chip to the external processor for viewing on a monitor, for digital storage, or for printing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-428
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Respiratory Diseases
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2008


  • Bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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