The diagnosis and treatment of complex lung problems often requires specialized imaging (or x-ray) methods. Our physicians have immediate access to the most advanced imaging methods for diseases of the lung including:
- Spiral and high resolution CT scanning
- MRI imaging
- Interventional radiology
Physicians with special expertise in these tests are readily available to provide consultation to our physicians.
The diagnosis of lung problems may require a biopsy of the lung tissue to be examined under a microscope. Experts in the examination of these specimens called pathologists, provide assistance to our physicians with the diagnosis and management of your lung disease.
Pulmonary physicians often use a diagnostic test called bronchoscopy
to assist with analyzing a patients lung disease. During this procedure, the doctor looks inside the lung by using a soft flexible tube called a fiberoptic bronchoscope. The fiberoptic bronchoscope transmits a continuous video picture of the inside of the airways and provides access to deep lung tissue. The Division directs a comprehensive bronchoscopy laboratory with advanced techniques including:
- Bronchoalveolar lavage
- Transbronchial biopsy
- Needle aspirates
- Laser therapy
- Stent placement
Pulmonary Physiology Center
Our doctors use advanced physiology testing to diagnose and treat lung disease. Our physiology laboratory is nationally recognized for the expertise in testing patients with lung disease. Our laboratory facilities include the testing capability for:
- Pulmonary function tests (including spirometry, lung volumes, and diffusion capacity)
- Methacholine challenge testing
- Exercise physiology
- Advanced lung mechanics
Referrals to our laboratory for testing can be arranged by calling 412-648-6161.