JOSEPH F. SMIDDY, M.D.; WILLIAM E. RUTH, M.D., F.A.C.P.; GERALD R. KERBY, M.D., F.A.C.P.; LOWELL E. RENZ, M.D.; CLIFFORD RAUCHER, M.D.
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To the editor: The availability of a flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope has extended the area of the bronchial tree that can be examined, by several orders of branching and with improved quality of image. The controllable tip readily permits examination of the upper lobes. A 1-mm diameter channel permits instillation of anesthetic or lavaging solutions, insertion of brush or forceps biopsy instruments, and aspiration of secretions. Used transnally, this bronchoscope is now preferred for diagnostic bronchoscopy in our hospital and at the University of Kansas. We are currently training physicians from the National Heart and Lung Institute and Georgetown Hospital who
SMIDDY JF, RUTH WE, KERBY GR, et al. Flexible Fiberoptic Bronchoscope. Ann Intern Med. 1971;75:971–972. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-6-971
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(6):971-972.
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