Why would a physician choose to perform a bronchoscopy? This procedure can aid in site of a tumor, signs of an infection, can help clear excessive mucus from the airway, localize a site of bleed or remove a blockage from the airway.
Why is this so interesting for Speech-Language Pathologists?! Well guess what would need to happen if a patient aspirated a significant bolus? I once had a colleague that worked with a patient that had a whole cashew removed from the bronchoscopy procedure!
I have to say during this procedure I just stood in awe, I'm sure I had my jaw hanging open! I have a new found appreciate for the intricacies of the lungs! So below I have two videos from youtube that show a bronchoscopy. My computer is being terribly slow so I cannot preview them but they look like what I want to show you! So enjoy!!