Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Lung Disease Tests


CT scanning

Computerized Tomography, or CT, is a test combining an X-ray with a computer to create detailed pictures of the lungs. CT scans do not hurt. However, your child may experience some discomfort while remaining still for several minutes.

Children sometimes need medicine to relax during CT scans. Doctors and advanced practice nurses with Children's Hospital Sedation Services have special training to monitor and safely sedate children and teens.

We support the Image Gently Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, dedicated to raising awareness for lower radiation doses in the imaging of children. Children's Hospital also supports and practices the radiation safety principle of ALARA. ALARA is an acronym for As Low As Reasonably Achievable.

Flexible bronchoscopy

Flexible bronchoscopy is a diagnostic test performed with a scope that passes from the mouth or nose and through the windpipe to the lungs. This allows the doctor to look at the upper airways and lungs.

Your child will receive medicine to relax and make the test more comfortable. A typical bronchoscopy takes about four to six hours, including preparation and recovery.

Lung biopsy

A lung biopsy is a procedure in which a tiny piece of lung tissue is removed to determine if lung disease is present. Most biopsies are performed under anesthesia to minimize discomfort. 

Doctors at Children's Hospital have extensive experience in the latest tests to rule out problems before completing a lung biopsy. If a biopsy is required, we use the least invasive procedures to accurately diagnose your child's condition.

Last Edited: September 12, 2017
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